The Nigerian Army on Thursday said its troops have uncovered another fuel dump owned by the extremist Boko Haram sect at Abbaganaram, in central Maiduguri, Borno State.
According to a statement by Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, the illegal fuel depot was uncovered Wednesday afternoon after a surprise raid following a tip off by “well meaning” residents.
Mr. Usman, a colonel said, “During the operation, one person, Musa Abba, was arrested and the following items were discovered and confiscated; 11 drums of AGO, 1 empty drum, 192 of 25-litre jerrycans, (out of which 70 were loaded with AGO, PMS and DPK), a Toyota bus and 1 Peugeot car. Others include a motorcycle and an air conditioner.
“The fuel depot was used to stockpile petroleum, oil and lubricants by Boko Haram terrorists and their equally heartless collaborators for onward movement to the terrorists camps in Sambisa forest.
“Over time, we have been exhorting the public, especially the residence of the north eastern part of the country which has been mostly affected by the acts of the Boko Haram terrorists to cooperate fully with the military and the security agencies.
“It is gratifying to note that such call is being heeded by overwhelming majority of people as exemplified by the courageous and patriotic efforts of the good citizens that exposed this fuel dump in their midst. It is important that people should see the fight against the security menace of Boko Haram terrorism as collective responsibility.
“Therefore the public are kindly requested to be more vigilant and assist with useful information that would assist in preventing Boko Haram terrorists from carrying out their nefarious acts against the society.”