The France-based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Première Urgence Internationale (PUI), has denied any links between it, any of its staff and representatives, are working alongside Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
In an exclusive email exchange with this media outfit, Jean Javogues, Director of Communications PUI, the organizations categorically denied the allegations. According to Mr. Javogues, “I would like to inform the general public and Government officials that the PUI staff declared as dead during the exchange of fire is currently safe and has no known links with any of the parts to the armed conflict.” He went further, in his email to Corruption Reporter, “to stress that the staff’s professional ID card, which was used by the press to allegedly demonstrate the link between the organization and Non-State Armed Groups, was declared lost by the staff to the Nigerian Police Forces on Saturday 12 October, leading to an entry on the Police Station Diary.”
According to their Communications Director, PUI is taking this step of clarifying their position, “in order to avoid any impact on our operations and our delivery of humanitarian assistance to over 300 000 vulnerable people in the country.”
It would be recalled that the Nigerian media had widely reported that a staff of PUI was killed alongside terrorists, with his ID card displayed as evidence of collaboration between the NGO and terrorists in the Northeast, which seemed to strengthen the army’s position that some International NGOs collude with the terrorists against the efforts of the military to bring the war to an end.