Two suspected Boko Haram linked persons – a truck driver and products
supplier – who were said to en route supply journey to the terrorist
group have been arrested by the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Borno
They were said to be arrested by soldiers at one of the many
checkpoints leading to the city of Maiduguri on Tuesday.
They were intercepted with a large consignment of petroleum products
being taken to suspected persons to Boko Haram insurgents.
Though the duo, Muhammadu Adamu and Tijjani Gambo, claimed ignorance
of the identity of their customers, the Acting Director of Army Public
Relations, Sani Usman, said the suspects flouted the ban on
transportation of fuel in such large volume within and around the area
where counter-insurgency operation is taking place.
In a statement, he said: “The Quick Reinforcement Force (QRF) of 251
Battalion, 7 Div Gar on routine checks arrested a truck loaded with 25
jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and other goods cleverly
covered and concealed at Molai check point, outskirts of Maiduguri at
about 8.00am on Tuesday.
“The driver of the vehicle, Muhammadu Adamu, claimed ignorance of the
contents of the vehicle and called the owner of the goods, Tijjani
Gambo to explain. He too denied supplying terrorists fuel and other
items, rather he claimed to be a mere trader that supplies goods to
customers in Damboa based on demand.
“However, preliminary investigation revealed that he has been sending
PMS and other goods through the same route at regular intervals
without an identifiable corresponding recipient in Damboa as alleged.
Although investigations are still ongoing, it is suspected that it
could be the means through which he had been supplying the terrorists
with dire logistics in Sambisa forest. “This is more so that there is
a ban on the purchase and transportation of petrol in containers such
as that within the theatre.
“Both suspects and the exhibits have been handed over to Joint
Interrogation Centre for further investigations.
“In a related development, a dead body was dropped by unknown persons
and found by Civilian JTF at Ruwan Zafi MM Ali Filling station
opposite NNPC Mega Station, along the Mafa-Dikwa road.
“The deceased whose named was given as Abba Aminu aged between 35-40,
was married with 4 children. He was stabbed with a knife on his chest
by his assailants. The matter was reported to Jere Police Station for
further investigation, while the body has been evacuated to University
of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital mortuary.”