Zulum suspends French NGO for conducting shooting training in Borno hotel
The Governor of Borno State, Bangana Zulum, has suspended an international non-governmental organisation, ACTED, for conducting shooting training in a hotel.
The French INGO’s personnel were caught by the police following a tip-off by concerned residence living around the hotel.
The matter was reported at the GRA Divisional Police headquarters and operatives found three toy pistols in the hotel during a search.
Two trainers, both Nigerians are being detained and an investigation ongoing.
Isa Gusau, a spokesperson to the governor, who revealed this to journalists on Saturday, said the police found toy guns and other related firearm simulators at the training hall.
“Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has directed the immediate suspension of ACTED, an international Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) following Saturday’s discovery that the humanitarian iNGO was using a hotel in Maiduguri for training some persons on shooting.
“The French iNGO was found using toy guns and simulators in training exercises at a hotel located off circular road in Maiduguri,” Mr Gusau said.
Gusau noted that pending the outcome, the hotel will remain sealed.
Additionally, ACTED has been barred from charitable activities in Borno.
“Governor Zulum acknowledges and deeply appreciates the roles credible NGOs have been playing in different parts”, he added.
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