The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division of Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. Abdulmalik Biu has said that collaborators of Boko Haram insurgents are fueling insecurity issues in the Northeast.
The collaboration, according to him, involves the supply of fuel and other logistics to insurgents in Sambisa Forest, Northern Borno and the Lake Chad region.
Biu disclosed this while briefing journalists on troops’ repulsion of terrorists’ attack on 212 Tank Battalion forward operation base, Gajiram, Borno state.
He said the ongoing war against Boko Haram, is multi-dimensional.
“If terrorists are completely denied supplies of fuel and other logistics, how could they move their gun trucks, arms and ammunition to attack troops’ locations in the theatre of war?” he asked.
Biu added that the Army has continued to appeal to people that everybody must be on board.
He further said, “How will the people be on board? You’re a petroleum dealer that sells fuel only to genuine Nigerian citizens.
“The terrorists do not deserve to be sold petroleum products and other logistics for their operations.
“Some of the people deal in grains and other logistics with Boko Haram
for about a decade.
“Why should you be carrying fuel and grains to the bush for insurgents?”
He said if insurgents are true citizens, they should come and to be integrated into Nigerian society for such transactions.
According to him, the detractors continue to go behind the Army to support Boko Haram with fuel and other logistics.
“We’ve made several arrests with overwhelming evidences in Maiduguri metropolis,” he said, adding that; evidences with army indicated collaborations with Boko Haram.
He said the suspected collaborators will be made public for prosecution.