Operations lead to the capture of syndicate supplying fuel to Ambazonia rebels in Taraba

Nigerian military personnel in Taraba State have detained individuals belonging to a network providing fuel to Ambazonia rebels for their terrorist activities.

A statement released on the verified Facebook page of the Army highlighted the success achieved as a result of actionable intelligence and extensive surveillance conducted by the troops of the Nigerian Army stationed for counterterrorism missions along the Nigeria-Cameroon border in Taraba State.

The troops managed to intercept and apprehend eight members of the syndicate specialized in smuggling fuel from Nigeria to the Ambazonian rebels in the Republic of Cameroon to support their terrorist operations.

Detailing the operation, the post stated, “The sting operation occurred on Friday, May 24, 2024, along the Abong-Kurmi Baissa Road in Taraba State, situated between the borders of Nigeria and Cameroon.”

The suspects, identified as Jafaru Adamu, 32, Auwal Haruna, 34, Umar Dahiru, Mubarak Abdullahi, 20, Saidu Musa, 26, Bashiru Ibrahim, 18, Danlami Yahuaza, 19, and Abubakar Abdullahi, 19, were apprehended while en route to the border with a significant amount of fuel.

Upon initial inquiries, the suspects purportedly admitted to smuggling and vending fuel to the Cameroonian Ambazonian rebels, who are prohibited from entering Nigeria to directly purchase the commodity.

They confessed that they had previously procured fuel from Gassol and Bali local government areas at the cost of N950 per liter but later discovered that the same product was priced at N800 per liter in Takum LGA, motivating them to acquire the product from there.

At the time of their detention, the suspects were traveling in three J5 vehicles, transporting 605 jerry cans, each capable of holding 40 liters, amounting to 24,200 liters of fuel. At a value of N800 per liter, the total worth of the fuel seized amounted to N19,360,000.

The Nigerian Army further reported, “Subsequent investigations unveiled other members of the smuggling ring, which include Alhaji Abdulmumini, Jafaru Adamu, Babilu Zubairu, Sule Abong, and Mark Akawu, who is said to be the head of the syndicate operating from Abong, a border community between Kurmi LGA of Taraba State and the Republic of Cameroon.”

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