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Army seizes N50m worth of dry fishes, meat from Boko Haram

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By Ndahi Marama

The military has seized over 2,000 cartons of smoked fishes and many bags of dried meat worth about N50 million from Boko Haram.

File: Cameroonian soldiers patrol on November 12, 2014 in Amchide, northern Cameroon, 1 km from Nigeria. The city was raided by Islamists from Nigeria's Boko Haram, killing eight cameroonian soldiers and leading the population to flee on October 15, 2014, before another six coordinated attacks that killed at least three civilians in the remote north of the country, on November 9, 2014. Boko Haram's five-year insurgency in neighboring Nigeria has left thousands dead, and the Islamists have occasionally carried out attacks over the border. Cameroon has deployed more than 1,000 soldiers in the extreme northeast of the country to counter the Islamist threat. AFP PHOTO

Deputy Director Army Public Relations and spokesman, 7 Division Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Colonel Tukur Gusau said the over 2,000 cartons of smoked fishes and dried meat, were confiscated from Boko Haram from different communities in Borno.

“The 7 Division Nigerian Army has apprehended several cartons of dried fish from suspected Boko Haram terrorists in various locations in Borno State. The cartons of the dried fish are believed to be seized from innocent fishermen and business men by the terrorists who later sell them at ridiculous mount to finance their terrorists’ activities,” he said yesterday in Maiduguri while burning the fishes.
Gusau said the ongoing military operations in the northeast have crippled the activities of Boko Haram, adding that the operation has compelled the insurgents to resort to using donkeys and other unusual tactics to attack some remote communities.

“We have crippled their channels of supply both of fuel, logistics and everything and they’re now in disarray. That is why they resorted to using donkeys to carry out attacks,” he disclosed on Friday during the burning of over 2, 000 cartons of smoked fishes and dried beef confiscated from Boko Haram.

He solicited for the support of  members of the public for useful information that could assist in ending insurgency in the country.

“By burning of this fishes, we’re sending strong message to the insurgents to change their terror act because an end is at sight. We’re determined with the support of patriotic Nigerians to end Boko Haram and other terror acts in the country,” he added.

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