No fewer than seven terrorists were blown up and other eight incapacitated when their vehicle stepped on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) they planted for Nigerian troops in Lamba’a forest along Jakana-Mainok road in Borno.
Disclosing this in a press statement by Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator on Sunday, added that, ”the incident was a clear case that can be best described as a tactical boomerang as a Toyota Sam Sahara model belonging to the terrorists stepped on an IED they planted against troops in the area.’’
Iliyasu also disclosed that a syndicate that specialises in smuggling smoked fish from the Lake Chad region for sale in some parts of Nigeria was busted by the troops.
He said the proceeds from the sales are believed to be channeled into the procurement of foodstuff, groceries, drugs, toiletries, vehicle spare parts and other items for the sustenance of the terrorists’ activities.
“Relatedly, troops of Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole, while acting on intelligence, raided the residence of some suspected illegal fish smugglers near Water Board Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in 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 conducted by troops of Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole on Oct. 10 intercepted nine vehicles loaded with smoked fish consignments at Bukarti in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe en-route Hadejia in Jigawa.
“Consequently, 18 suspects including drivers, conductors, mechanics and agents were also apprehended,” he said.
The army spokesperson further said that troop on `Operation Positive Identification’ at a check-point along Baga road arrested one Musa Ishaku in possession of a fake Nigeria Customs ID card which he had been using to deceive security agencies.