Uncovered: 40 Fake NGOs Exploiting Displaced Persons In IDP Camps

Uncovered: 40 Fake NGOs Exploiting Displaced Persons In IDP Camps

By Ogala Osoka | Staff Reporter on August 29, 2016
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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, says it has uncovered up to 40 fake non-governmental organizations, NGOs, abusing the Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno State.

The commandant of the NSCDC in the state, Ibrahim Abdullahi, according to, told the National News Agency (NAN) in Maiduguri on Sunday, August 28, 2016 that it had found not less than 40 NGOs who were illegal who were scams by their actions.

He said that the NGOs planned to extort funds from donors.

“We discovered that some of them, currently occupying most of the big hotels in town, are only interested in defrauding their donors by sending fake data, messages and pictures via internet so as to access fund.

“When we interrogated some of them, they said they just came into the town and were trying to figure out the problems to enable them bring in their intervention,” he said.

Abdullahi further pleaded that the federal government be conscious of people parading themselves as NGOs, adding that NSCDC would reprimand the “bad elements”.

IDPs, who the president, while in Kenya, has said that government plans to re-integrate, in Maiduguri, have expressed their unwillingness to go back home, adding that they have have found greener pastures in Borno State.

According to NAN, the IDPs who taken to trade were the ones who desired to remain in Maiduguri.
Bukola Saraki, the senate president on Saturday, August 27, 2016 had called that those who stole food meant for the IDPs, be prosecuted.

“Stealing food meant for starving children is beyond the pale and only adds insult to injury,” he said.

“Anyone that is found to be diverting the food aid deliveries should be investigated and brought to book if investigations prove their participation in these vicious schemes.”

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