Two men have been arrested in Borno State for allegedly supplying fuel to Boko Haram in Sambisa forest.
The suspects, Muhammadu Adamu and Tijjani Gambo were nabbed after a vehicle they were using for the operation was intercepted at a checkpoint mounted by soldiers at Molai, a Maiduguri suburb.
Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman in a statement released on Wednesday, said Adamu was arrested with a truck loaded with 25 jerry cans of petrol and other goods hid in cartons at about 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
The statement reads: “The Quick Response Force (QRF) of 251 Battalion, 7 Division Garrison on routine check arrested a truck loaded with 25 jerry cans of PMS and other goods. The PMS and other goods were cleverly covered and concealed in the truck.
“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.
“He too denied supplying the 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 without an identifiable corresponding recipient in Damboa.
“Although investigations are still ongoing, it is suspected that it could be the means through which he had been supplying the terrorists with dire logistics in Sambisa forest.”
Before now, authorities in the Northeast had banned the purchase and transportation of petrol in containers.