The troops of the Nigerian Army have arrested 33 suppliers of foodstuff to members of the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in an electronic mail on Wednesday that the insurgents were arrested around Azir-Wazikoro in the Damboa axis of Borno State.
He said the suspects were arrested with large quantity of foodstuff at Korode during an intensive patrol by the troops.
According to him, nine of the 33 suspects came from Korode, five from Auma, ten from Geargube, four from Bulbul and one from Dolomi.
“Intensive patrols and vigilance of troops have continued to yield positive results with the arrest of 33 suspected food suppliers to the Boko Haram terrorists in Damboa axis around Azir-Wajiroko road, Borno State.
“The 33 suspected Boko Haram accomplices were arrested with large quantity of foodstuff meant for Boko Haram terrorists at Korode.
He said while the suspects claimed to be traders, they did not deny buying and selling items to the insurgents.
Usman said the Army had commenced investigation to uncover the level of involvement of the suspects with the deadly sect.
He stated also that the troops also discovered and destroyed some Improvised Explosive Devices planted by the Boko Haram insurgents at Sadia, along Korode Road.
According to him, the troops also rescued some women and children who were abducted by the insurgents at Buduwa general area of Bama Local Government Area which was under Boko Haram’s occupation.
He stated that while the Nigerian Army had ensured the safety of rescued persons, it was also conscious of the possibility that some of them could be terrorists.