Terrorism: Place foreign NGOs under surveillance, group urges FG

A peace-building think tank, Foundation for Peace Professionals also known as PeacePro has called on the federal government of Nigeria to put all international humanitarian nongovernmental organisations operating in the country on close surveillance.

It also urged the government to investigate the reports by several media outlets of an alleged NGO recruiting and paying individuals to burn down Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp across North- east Nigeria.

PeacePro said the news of an NGO recruiting and paying individuals and groups to commit act of terror in the most vulnerable place such as IDPs camps is a scary development that should not be treated with kid glove.

A statement by the executive director of PeacePro, Mr Abdulrazaq Hamzat, said the group was alarmed by a viral video circulating online which shows a young man confessing to arson and deliberately causing fire outbreaks in IDP camps and other areas in Borno state.

The unidentified suspect, apprehended by a vigilante group, alleged that he was sponsored on the burning mission by two nongovernmental organisations.

One of the suspected arsonists said he and his accomplices were paid N10,000 per fire, targeting Monguno, Gubio, and Maiduguri. The suspect added that the alleged scheme began over a year ago.

PeacePro said it followed the reaction of the Borno state government and that of the Nigeria Police and it believes that the federal government must wade into the matter to establish what is happening.

Hamzat added that the indictment of NGOs as contained in the statement of Borno state government over the video was enough to declare a state of emergency on the operations of all humanitarian NGOs in the North- east to truly ascertain what is happening because NGOs are supposed to be aid workers and not terrorist suspects.

“We are calling on the federal government to look into the matter and establish the truth of what is happening in North- east, particularly on the allegation against NGOs sponsoring burning of IDP camps,” he said.