MAIDUGURI, Nigeria

Two aid groups suspended in Nigeria last month due to alleged aid to terrorists are now free to resume operations, said officials on late Wednesday.

“The suspension of the two international humanitarian organisations –Mercy Corps and Action Against Hunger — is temporarily lifted,” announced Sadiya Umar Farouk, minister for humanitarian affairs and disaster management.

She said the government lifted the suspension on the recommendation of a government board of inquiry that looked into their activities.

She said the board recommended regular scrutiny of the activities of most international groups.

Edward Kallon, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, praised the development, saying:

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