The Nigerian military said it is going after the economic lifeline of Boko Haram as parts of the new strategies devised to bring the terrorist group on it’s knees.
The military equally said one of the new strategies put in place to combat the terrorist group is a roving military force instead of stationed troop.
Speaking to journalists in Maiduguri during the destruction of vehicles, fish, and hides and skin seized from transporters believed to have been trading with the Boko Haram group, the Head of the military counter-insurgency operation in the Northeast (Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole). Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi said the military has not relocated from any of the towns in Borno.
He said rather the military has vacated the trenches and reduce the road blocks and in it’s stead evolved mobile units where the troops are always moving and roving the troubled areas with the preparedness to counter and attack any threat.
He said the military has found out that the stationed formation has made it easy for the insurgents to attack military facilities but with the latest strategy the insurgents are in for a surprise.
He said they can now easily take up the insurgents by surprise and are now more alive to give the insurgents good fight.
On the need to quickly resolved the crisis, he said the insurgents have shown to have a running economy and this must be crushed in order to cripple them.
He noted that fishery in the Baga axis of the Lake Chad was hitherto banned and it must be enforced to stop finances to the terrorist group.
He decried the non charlatan attitude of some traders and commercial vehicle operators who transport the insurgents’ fish to the markets.
Adeniyi noted that the insurgents engaged in fishery and skin trades in complicity with some members of the society.
“Boko Haram insurgents has a running business to generate money to fund their dastardly activities.
“We fully recognize fishery industry in Nigeria but the fishery done by Boko Haram is to create confusion, continue insurgency and destruction of the northeast.
“Anybody who allow his horse or camel to carry fish for the Boko Haram, you are part of the insurgents because you are aiding them and an enemy of the state,” he said.
Adeniyi revealed that four vehicles conveying insurgents’ fishery products were seized on Maiduguri-Ngala Road by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
He explained that the military had also seized fertilisers, metal and welding equipment from the insurgents’ logistics suppliers, adding that the items were being used by the insurgents to produce Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
The commander called on the people and the Nigeria Union of Transport Workers (NUTRW), to sensitize their members on the need to desist from transporting goods for the insurgents, warning that such vehicles would be seize and destroy.