Forces of the Nigerian Army recently arrested a bus driver and seven passengers who were discovered to be illegal immigrants and are believed to be working for the Boko Haram fighters and the Islamic State province along Yola Road in Borno State.
The suspects were captured by armed forces of 331 Artillery Regiment which were deployed at a checkpoint along the road.
A release which was sent from the army headquarters in Abuja, on Monday 30th September 2019, states that the arrest was done between the 25th to 28th of September prior to the arrest of a notorious logistics supplier of the criminal insurgent group, Alhaji Kolomi Modu, at Ndollori area of Maiduguri.
Col Aminu Iliyasu who is the army operation media coordinator, said the troops on operations Lafiya Dole, Mesa and Swift Response would continue to conduct and arrest more ahead of the 2019 celebration period to rebuff criminals and bandits a freedom of action.
“In a recent operation in which the troops of 27 Task Force Brigade acted on a timely intelligence and arrested another logistics supplier of the insurgents, Mohammed Isa, at a checkpoint in Maina Hari. During the prefatory investigation, the suspect immediately confessed to him being a member of Boko Haram in Kimba village in Biu LGA of Borno State.
“ The introductory investigations also revealed that the suspect has been supplying top grade Motor Spirit and other lubricants to ISWAP. In the same vein, troops of the headquarters Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, also captured a truck with Registration Number KA 462 YK conveying 800 bags of fertiliser along Damaturu-Potiskum road without permit. The suspected freight is assumed and believed to be used by terrorists for making Improvised Explosive Devices.”