The Nigerian Army says it has uncovered Boko Haram logistics supply syndicates, including loggers and charcoal dealer in Borno State.
Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Brig.-Gen. Bulama Biu made the disclosure in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Sunday.
Reacting to the ban imposed on the supply of firewood and charcoal in Borno, Brig.-Gen Biu, stated that intelligence report indicated that some dealers in Maiduguri were hiding under the guise of firewood trade to aid the insurgents.
According to him, “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”
Brig.-Gen Biu continued “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.”
The Gen. explained 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.