Army Uncovers How Some Residents Of Borno Aid Boko Haram
Boko Haram activities are increasing again in Nigeria's northeast and the Nigerian Army in collaboration with other security agencies are battling to flush them out.
So many decisions have been taken to check terrorists' activities in Borno State which is the stronghold of the insurgents and one of such decisions recently announced is the partial ban of firewood and charcoal sales in Borno State.
Despite this ban, Boko Haram insurgents still get supply.
On Sunday, January 13th, the Nigerian Army said it had uncovered Boko Haram's logistics supply syndicates among loggers and charcoal dealers in Borno.
The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Brigadier General Bulama Biu, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri that intelligence reports indicated that some dealers in Maiduguri were hiding under the guise of firewood trade to aid the insurgents.
"Some of them are errand boys of the Boko Haram insurgents, they hide food items, drugs, petrol and other items beneath their trucks, and supplied them to the terrorists.
"We also found out that some of them are running businesses on behalf of the Boko Haram insurgents.
"They go deep into the forest where ordinary people could not venture; to cut down trees, burn and produce charcoal.
"This could not be possible except they are in agreement with the insurgents.
"We arrested some of them and they made quite revealing testimonies, we shall fish them out to put an end to their nefarious activities,” he said.
Biu explained that the ban on firewood and charcoal was temporarily designed to checkmate activities of criminal elements among the dealers and not to make life difficult for firewood and charcoal users.
He stated that the military had allowed suppliers from other states such as Oyo, Kano, Katsina, Niger and Kaduna to supply their goods under strict supervision of the command.
Biu called on the people to support the military and other security agencies to end insurgency as well as protect lives and property.
On his part, Malam Maidugu Ali, the Chairman, Borno chapter of the Firewood Sellers Association of Nigeria, expressed dismay over the development.
He expressed the association’s shock at the allegation by the military authorities and said that the union had engaged members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to support the military in the screening of its members before allowing them entry into Maiduguri.
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