By Baba Kura Mallam, Maiduguri
Troops attached to the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) of 251 Battalion, 7th Division Garrison have nabbed and handed over two suspected suppliers of fuel to the Boko Haram sects to the Interrogative Centre for further investigation.
According to the Army, the need to hand him over is sequel to the need to ascertain their level of involvement in assumed crime.
The suspects were arrested by the personnel while on routine checks at Molai check point in the outskirts of Maiduguri and the truck in their possession was loaded with 25 jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and other goods cleverly covered and concealed at the check point, at about 8.00am on Tuesday.
The driver of the vehicle, Muhammadu Adamu, claimed ignorance of the contents of the vehicle and called the owner of the goods, Tijjani Gambo to explain.
Gambo, according to the Army Acting Director of Public Relations Sani Usman also denied supplying terrorists fuel and other items, rather he claimed to be a mere trader that supplies goods to customers in Damboa based on demand.
“However, preliminary investigation revealed that he has been sending PMS and other goods through the same route at regular intervals withoutÂ an identifiable corresponding recipient in Damboa as alleged.
Although investigations are still ongoing, it is suspected that it could be the means through which he had been supplying the terrorists with dire logisticsÂ in Sambisa forest. This is more so that there is a ban on the purchase and transportation of petrol in containers such as that within the theatre” the Spokesman said.
Usman further revealed that a dead body was dropped by an unknown persons and found by Civilian JTF at Ruwan Zafi MM Ali Filling station opposite NNPC Mega Station, along the Mafa-Dikwa road.
He said the deceased whoseÂ named was given asÂ Abba Aminu aged between 35-40, was married with 4 children. He was stabbed with a knife on his chest by his assailants. The matter was reported to Jere police Station for further investigation, while the body has been evacuated to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital mortuary.