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Army arrests four Boko Haram ‘logistics suppliers’ in Borno

Army arrests four Boko Haram ‘logistics suppliers’ in Borno
September 03
13:45 2019

The Nigerian army says it has arrested four persons who supply Boko Haram insurgents with commodities in Borno state.

Olusegun Adeniyi, theater commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this during the destruction of four vehicles and essential commodities seized from the insurgents in Maiduguri, the state capital.

He said the move was part of a renewed campaign to stifle the insurgents’ economy.

Adeniyi said the military authorities had banned sales of petrol and other trades in the hinterland to deny the insurgents access to logistics and monies to fund their activities.

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He decried the attitude of some traders and commercial vehicle operators who supply and transport logistics to the insurgents, saying anybody caught aiding them will be prosecuted.

“There are no petrol stations in the Sambisa forest, Algarno, Baga, and Gwoza; the logistics sustaining the insurgents is coming from Maiduguri, Damaturu and other settlements,” he said.

“Some commercial vehicle operators fabricated their tanks to a 200-liter capacity, to enable them supply and sell petrol to the insurgents at the rate of N245 per liter.

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“Troops at checkpoints arrested four vehicles on their way to deliver a large consignment of logistics to the insurgents in the hinterland.

“The insurgency will have stopped if not for the people who patronise them; our effort is to arrest illegal business aiding the insurgency.

“Boko Haram logicians will neither be tolerated nor ignored, anybody who engages or allow his vehicle to transport insurgents’ logistics would be prosecuted because you are part of them and an enemy of the state.”

Adeniyi listed the items seized to include diesel concealed as palm oil; bread, grain, mats, sacks, motorcycle spare parts and items used by the insurgents to produce improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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The commander called on the people and the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to sensitise its members on the need to desist from transporting goods for the insurgents, warning that such vehicles would be seized and destroyed.

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