The federal government has started profiling non-governmental organisations that operate within the country. This exercise is to ascertain which ones are staying true to their purpose and which ones have deviated from them or are being used for illegal activities. Those found to have diverted would be immediately de-registered.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by the director of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), Francis Usani. Speaking in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa, Usani said the profiling was necessitated by the emerging threat of “non-profit organisations” being used as “veritable tools to launder money and finance terrorism” in Nigeria and other West African countries.
He said, “The profiling is going to be a continuous exercise. “We are going to continue the profiling to see NGOs which are committed to their main cause and those that are not committed to any cause. “They will be probably delisted or their registration will be withdrawn.”