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Army Nabs Suspected Boko Haram Fuel Supplier in Jigawa

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The Joint Task Force code named, Operation Salama, in Jigawa State, has arrested 10 suspects, alleged to be the suppliers of fuel to Boko Haram in Birniwa local government area of the state.

Commander of the 3rd Brigade of the Nigerian Army, in charge of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states, Brig. Gen. Hamisu Hassan, who revealed this on Friday while parading the suspects in Birniwa town.

He said the suspects were arrested in the middle of the night, as they were filling their jerry cans with petrol.

He said their arrest was based on successful surveillance and intelligence report, by the military.

He added that, due to the ban on the sale of petroleum products in jerry cans in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States, the suspects travelled to Birniwa in Jigawa to buy the fuel.

More so, he said preliminary investigation revealed that some of the suspects were from Nguru while the others were nationals of Niger Republic; adding that two of the 10 suspects were minors below the age of 14.

He said that items recovered from the suspects included 33,000 litres truck filled with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), 40 jerry cans loaded with PMS, 188 empty jerry cans and Toyota Land Cruiser.

The Commandant said that the suspects would be handed over to relevant security agencies for further investigation.

He warned owners of filling stations not to sell fuel in jerry cans to the public, as this could be used to aid the activities of Boko Haram insurgents.

Hassan appealed to State Governments to cooperate with the Army to combat insurgency in the country.

He reiterated the determination of the Nigerian Army to end insurgency by the December deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari.