The Nigerian Army has warned traders and members of communities in Borno against engaging in illegal fish trade with Boko Haram insurgents.
Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, gave the warning during the destruction of fish products, hides and vehicles seized from the insurgents in Maiduguri on Friday.
Adeniyi disclosed that the military authorities and government had banned fishing activities in communities in northern Borno and Lake Chad basin to deny the insurgents access to monies to fund their activities.
He decried the nonchalant attitude of some traders and commercial vehicle operators who patronize and transported the insurgents’ fish products to markets in the state.
Adeniyi noted that the insurgents engaged in fish, hides and skin trades in collaboration with unscrupulous elements in the society.
“People from liberated areas with no regard to lives and properties; and without regard to end insurgdestroyedmon criminals who want to make money from anything go to Boko Haram camps buy fish and sell in the markets.
“Boko Haram insurgents have a running business to generate money to fund their dastardly activities.
“We fully recognize fishery industry in Nigeria but the fishery done by Boko Haram is to create confusion, continue insurgency and destruction of the northeast.
“The insurgency will have stopped if not for the people who patronize their fish; our effort is to arrest illegal business in fishing. Boko Haram without fish trade is a finished terrorist activity.
“Anybody who allow his boat, horse, camel or vehicle to carry fish for the Boko Haram, you are part of the insurgents because you are aiding them and an enemy of the state,” he said.
Adeniyi revealed that four vehicles conveying insurgents’ fishery products were seized on Maiduguri-Ngala Road by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
He explained that the military had also seized fertilisers, metal and welding equipment from the insurgents’ logistics suppliers, adding that the items were being used by the insurgents to produce Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
The commander called on the people and the Nigeria Union of Transport Workers (NUTRW), to sensitize their members on the need to desist from transporting goods for the insurgents, warning that such vehicles would be seized and destroyed.
Also, Mr Danladi Lange, the NSCDC’s Assistant Commander, disclosed that men of the command arrested drivers and seized three trucks and a car conveying large consignment of fish concealed in an animal feeds and cartons.
Lange explained that the seized vehicles were transporting the items from Ngala to markets in Maiduguri.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the seized fishery products, hides and vehicles were destroyed by the military.
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz
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