The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has reported its latest discovered of about 40 fake non-governmental organizations (NGOs) exploiting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno State.
According to Commandant of the NSCDC in the state, Ibrahim Abdullahi, who spoke with NAN in Maiduguri yesterday, those illegal organisations poses to capitalize on donations and arms meant for displaced Boko Haram victims.
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“We discovered that many of them who are individuals with office are only interested in posing with IDPs going through hardship to access 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.”
Abdullahi therefore urged the government to be wary of such elements parading themselves as NGOs, adding that NSCDC would go after all the ‘bad elements.’
This is to be expected as the saying goes, ‘where there is a twelve, there is bound to be a Judas’ and so it is with many fraudulent charity organizations.
Media’s attention has been drawn to the IDPs due to numerous occurrences including the recent rampage that broke out among the people triggered by hunger which can only be attributed to diversion of food stuff meant for them.
It was also reported that some of these internally displaced persons are not willing to return to their communities as they claim to have found greener pastures in the capital city of Borno. Many of them have reportedly set up some trade such as hand craft businesses like knitting domestic straw baskets, caps etc, as a means of a better life away from home.