House investigates allegations against North East NGOs

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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The Nigerian House of Representatives is to investigate the activities of Non-Governmental Organizations operating in the North East part of the country.

This was contained in a motion on the need to investigate the activities of NGOs in the North East, over the alleged supporting insurgents’ activities in the region.

Mr. Victor Mele from Gombe State while presenting the motion expressed concern over the deplorable conditions of the internally displaced Nigerians in States affected by years of Boko Haram insurgency due to closure of offices of some NGOs.

Mr. Mele, said from December 2018 to date, the Nigerian Army briefly suspended the operations of UNICEF and shut down the offices of two other international NGOs, Action Against Hunger and Mercy Corps, on allegations of aiding the insurgents Boko Haram.

“The condition of the displaced persons at various camps in the North East is degenerating as a result of the impasse, and the continued closure of offices of the NGOs will only serve to worsen the situation and further traumatized them,” Mr. Mele added.

The House is unanimous that NGOs should not be supporting the insurgents who a part from creating the problems do not respect the extant laws of the land and international conventions.

Border closure

In a motion on the need to address the closure of the territorial land borders of Nigeria moved under matters of urgent public importance, the House urged the government to review the Nation’s immigration procedure to effectively tackled the porosity of the land borders,

Sponsor of the motion, Mr. Rotimi Agunsoye while commending the reasons behind the closure of the land borders, expressed worry that the influx of unlawful immigrants still goes on unabated which he described as a threat to the security and socio-economic growth of Nigeria.

He stressed the need for an accurate Statistics of individuals living in Nigeria for proper planning, which illegal immigration activities frustrate.

Omolayo.A