Army Arrests Impostors, Boko Haram Fuel Supplier In Maiduguri

arrestedThe 7-Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, in Borno State, yesterday said it arrested some impostors and a man who supplies petrol to Boko Haram insurgents in their hideouts.

A statement signed on behalf of the Nigerian Army by Colonel Tukur Gusau, said the Division arrested Alhaji Baba of Gwange area, Abubakar Tijani Lawan of London Chiki and Umar Ali of Gidan Dambe, who claimed to be members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), using the name of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Major General Lamidi Oyebayo Adeosun and other senior officers to extort money from relations and friends of those being investigated by the Division for terrorism related offences.

“The Nigerian Army viewed this act of criminality as a well calculated attempt by some Boko Haram collaborators and sympathizers to bring to ridicule the successes recorded through the combined efforts of the army and the air force under Operation Lafiya Dole. It has become imperative to alert the general public on the activities of such criminals. You are also requested to promptly report such criminals to the nearest military base or any other security agencies offices”, the statement said.

It added that the Division also apprehended one Mr Bashir Ali suspected to be supplying petroleum products to Boko Haram members in their hideouts.

The suspect was arrested at a filling station in Maiduguri while using a Peugeot 504 vehicle fabricated with an extended 500 litre tank.

During interrogation, Mr Ali confessed using the vehicle to ferry up to 3000 litres of petroleum products daily.