Seven Boko Haram terrorists at the weekend got killed by Improvised Explosive Device (IED) trap they laid for Nigerians soldiers along the Jakana-Mainok Road, Borno State.
Nigeria’s Army operations’ media coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, revealed this in a release on Sunday.
He also disclosed how troops attached to the Operation Lafiya Dole arrested a syndicate of terrorists whose jobs were to smuggle “smoked fish from the Lake Chad region” into Nigeria.
Iliyasu said that the Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province fighters smuggled the smoked fish into the country and employed the proceeds to sustain their criminal activities.
“As the artillery bombardment and ground assault by troops intensify, some marauding Boko Haram criminals met their waterloo as one of their vehicles, a Toyota Sam Sahara Model, stepped on an IED laid by them against troops at the Lamba’a Forest. The destruction consumed seven Boko Haram criminals while eight others suffered severe injuries.
“In another development, a syndicate that specialises in the smuggling of smoked fish from the Lake Chad region for sale in some parts of Nigeria has been arrested by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole. Reliable information available revealed that Boko Haram criminals, ISWAP and their collaborators are using the fish business to finance and sustain their heinous activities.
“The proceeds from the sale are believed to be channelled into the procurement of foodstuffs, groceries, drugs, toiletries, vehicle spare parts and other items for the sustenance of their criminal activities.
“Troops of Sector 3 of the operation, while acting on reliable intelligence, raided the residence of some suspected illegal fish smugglers near the Water Board Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in the Monguno Local Government Area of Borno State. Four suspects were arrested and 16 sacks of smoked fish concealed in a room were recovered.
“In a similar operation, nine vehicles loaded with illegal smoked fish consignments were equally intercepted at Bukarti in the Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State en-route Hadejia in Jigawa State. Consequently, 18 suspects including the drivers, conductors, mechanics and agents were also apprehended,” the statement read.
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