NewsPeaceBorno State Government Probes Shooting Practice By An International Non-Governmental Organisation

An eight-member investigative committee into alleged shooting practice by an international non-governmental organisation (iNGO) headed by the immediate past chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Maiduguri Branch, Muhammad Umoru has been set up by the Borno state government.

Other members are S. A. Idriss, representing the Ministry of Justice, CSP Bulama L. Hussaini, of the Nigerian Police, S.A. H, Amos, representing the Department of State Security (DSS), ACI Ahmed Abubakar M, representing the Nigerian Immigration Service, Abba Mallam Umate, representing the NBA, Babi Baba Mala, representing the Agency for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Response and Hajjiya Adama Umar from the Governor’s Office who will serve as secretary.

Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum said the commission is to investigate alleged public nuisance, disturbance of public peace, and other activities (shooting practice) by ACTED, an international non-governmental organisation (iNGO) at Imperial Guest House, Old Government Reserved Area (GRA), Maiduguri, the state capital.

He said the constitution of the commission was in the exercise of powers conferred on him by section 2 (1) of the Commission of Enquiry Law Cap. 37, Law of Borno State, 1994.

“The action was necessitated in view of the shooting incident that resulted in the disturbance of peace to residents of the area as it brought panic and fear to the entire state,” he said.

Zulum expressed concerns about the simulation saga involving ACTED, warned that his administration will not condone any act that will breach the existing peace in Borno.

He, however, commended the role of International Non-Governmental Organisations in restoring hope to traumatized people through various intervention programmes worth billions of naira.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)
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