Troops of the Nigerian Army have reportedly arrested at least seven Boko Haram logistics suppliers in Borno State.
Naija News learnt that the troops of 195 Battalion of Operation Hadin Kai were on a routine search on the outskirts of Maiduguri when they came in contact with the terrorists.
The development was confirmed in a statement made available to newsmen by counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in Lake Chad, Zagazola Makama.
The sources revealed that suspects were discovered with large quantities of logistics meant for the Boko Haram terrorists causing unrest in the region.
The arrested suppliers according to Makama include; Hadiza Ali, Kelo Abba, Mariam Aji, Kamsilum Ali, Ngubdo Modu and Abiso Lawan, among others.
He said: “During searching, different items including large quantities of fuel, mosquito nets, and noodles among others were recovered.
“Troops, however, became suspicious when large quantities of garri concealed in gallons and hidden beneath the vehicles were discovered.
“Upon systematic interrogation, the females confessed to being Boko Haram members operating within Muna Garage IDP Camp, Mafa and Dikwa with their fighters camp at Boboshe and Gulumba Riverline in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
“They revealed that the garri was packed in the gallons in other to beat checkpoints and also to help preserve it against rain as the garri and other items are burried in the ground at their agreed exchange points, where their fighters collect them.”
According to him, the suspects have since admitted to acquiring for their fighters kidnap targets based on the valuation of individuals and sometimes a number of cows owned or the size of farms.
Makama added: “They also informed troops that they were given money ranging from N20,000 to N50,000 for each trip and goes for about two to three trips a day depending of the activities of soldiers.”