Why do Borno residents have to smuggle fish? Is it a contraband in the state?

Apparently, there is a ban on transportation of fish in commercial quantity along the Maiduguri-Monguno-Baga Road.

The army believes that fish transported along this routes always end up in Boko Haram terrorists’ hands.

The army has therefore warned that the ban on transportation of fish in large quantity along this route is still very much in force.

The Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East, warned the Borno residents defaulters would be arrested and prosecuted.

Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, gave the warning on Friday in Maiduguri in a statement issued to newsmen.

“It has been observed that following the re-opening of Maiduguri-Monguno-Baga Road, the illicit act of fish smuggling has been on the increase.

“Unfortunately, most of the fish or its proceeds end up in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents, thus providing logistics replenishment for the insurgents.

“In view of this untoward development, the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole wishes to remind the general public that the ban on transportation of fish in commercial quantity along the aforementioned route is still very much in force.

“Defaulters will be arrested and sanctioned.

“Only subsistence fishing for the consumption of inhabitants is permitted,” the statement said.