The Nigerian Army said it has uncovered Boko Haram logistics’ supply syndicates among loggers and charcoal dealers in Borno State.
This was disclosed by Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri on Sunday.
It was gathered that Brig-Gen Bulama Biu’s statement was in reaction to the ban imposed on the supply of firewood and charcoal in the Northeastern state.
He also noted that intelligence report indicated that some dealers in Maiduguri were hiding under the guise of firewood trade to aid the insurgents.
In his words; “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.”
Biu added that the ban 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.