Cameroon – Cross Border Crime: According to GABAC, terrorists use NGOs to finance terrorism in Cameroon.

Written by Deckson N.

A report by the Action Group against Money Laundering in Central Africa shows that several Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Cameroon are financed by fundamentalist groups.

The Action Group against the Money Laundering in Central Africa (Groupe d’Action contre le Blanchiment D’argent en Afrique CentraleGABAC) produced a report which reveals that an NGO based in the Noun division [Western Region] drew the attention of the National Agency of Financial Investigation (NAFI). “And because the Agency received a suspicious transaction report from a local bank, a subsidiary of an international banking group, denouncing unjustified financial flows ordered in favor of the NGO,” says L’Economie newspaper of Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

According to the elements of the investigation conducted by NAFI,

the NGO received in the space of two years, nearly 300 million FCFA. The funds made available to the NGO are from Kuwait. The order of two Kuwaiti donors are associations, with branches in Pakistan and Afghanistan, listed by the UN 1267 Committee as funding terrorist activities, “the report GABAC.

The report also reveals that in Bamenda, another association received several money transfers from several African countries.

In the space of six months in 2013 and 2014, the NGO has received about 10 million FCFA. NAFI’s investigations have shown that the so hectic funds have as motives “Help immigrants” without any further details, ” says the newspaper that says that there is no illegal immigrants in Bamenda “even less an association to support the immigrants.

According to the report, a survey of NAFI established that within two years, 2.5 billion CFA francs were transferred from Cameroon to the Democratic Republic of Congo by a Cameroonian trader. “The activities of this operator sector and transaction patterns do not seem compatible” says NAFI.

The newspaper reminds that about thirty people from an NGO were arrested in Koutaba [Western Region] in 2014, suspected of belonging to the terrorist sect Boko Haram. These people were holding fake national identity cards and entered in Cameroon as immigrants. According GABAC, “the promoter of the NGO holds a false Cameroonian national identity card, meanwhile he is actually a Burkina Faso national. He could not explain the destination of the money.

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