Army Bans Sale of Petroleum Products within Operating Area

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The Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army has placed an embargo on the sales of petroleum products such as diesel, kerosene, fuel and gas within areas where they operate.

Spokesman of the Command, Colonel Ado Isa noted that this was necessary for them to contend effectively with the adversaries in the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency in the Northeast.

He noted that those selling petroleum products in these areas were jeopardizing the Army’s efforts, and are unsuspectedly in active connivance with the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs)/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group to replenish their daily logistics supplies.

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“Due to the intensity of the ongoing aggressive clearance operations within the theatre, the terrorists now resort in contracting some business collaborators who supply them with various items ranging from foodstuff, drugs, fuel, chemicals, electrical materials as well as vehicular spare parts to reinforce their logistics base as they cannot dare to come out and roam freely and shop”, he said

As a result, “the Theatre Command resolved that with effect from Thursday, 20 June 2019, the Command will place a ban on the sale of all petroleum products in Jerrycans throughout the theatre”, he announced.

He warned members of the area to desist from indulging in illicit trade and other unlawful businesses with members of the terrorist groups, adding that “anyone caught in this act will face the full wrath of the law”.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday, June 19, arrested some suspects for allegedly supplying petroleum products and hard drugs to Boko Haram terrorists between the borders of Nigeria and the neighbouring Cameroon Republic in Adamawa State.