The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has reacted to allegations that Turkey was supporting Boko Haram insurgents.
Naija News reports that the CBN News Channel recently reported that Turkey was a major supplier of arms to Boko Haram.
Reacting on Tuesday in a message to the Punch, the acting Director, Defence Information, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, stated that the temporary border closure and other strategic measures would tackle the illicit inflow of weapons into the country.
He said, “Though the veracity of the claims in the video footage that Turkey is supporting Boko Haram terrorists with weapons cannot be ascertained immediately. It is, however, a serious national security issue and I believe it is receiving the required attention at the national strategic level.
“The temporary closure of our national borders is one of the indications of the national strategic move to checkmate illicit trans-border shipment and peddling of firearms.
“It is expedient however that conspiracy theories surrounding the supply and acquisition of arms by terrorist groups be accorded the deserved global attention to meaningfully tackle networks of terrorism and their sponsors”
This online news platform reports that the Turkish government is yet to react to the allegations as at the time of filing this report.