Troops apprehend Nigerian syndicate supplying gas to Ambazonian rebels for terrorism actions in Taraba state

Troops apprehend Nigerian syndicate supplying gas to Ambazonian rebels for terrorism actions in Taraba state
Troops apprehend Nigerian syndicate supplying fuel to Ambazonian rebels for terrorism activities in Taraba state

In a major covert operation pushed by actionable intelligence and in depth surveillance, troops of the Nigerian Military deployed for Counter-terrorism operations alongside the Nigeria-Cameroon Border in Taraba State have efficiently intercepted and apprehended 8 members of a syndicate that focuses on smuggling gas from Nigeria to the Ambazonian rebels within the Republic of Cameroon to facilitate terrorists’ actions. 

The Military in an announcement on Friday, Could 24, 2024, stated the sting operation befell on Friday 24 Could 2024 alongside the Abong-Kurmi Baissa Highway in Taraba State, between Nigeria and Cameroon border.

The suspects, recognized as Jafaru Adamu (32 years), Auwal Haruna (34 years), Umar Dahiru, Mubarak Abdullahi (20 years), Saidu Musa (26 years), Bashiru Ibrahim (18 years), Danlami Yahuaza (19 years), and Abubakar Abdullahi (19 years), had been caught en route the border with a big amount of gas. 

Throughout preliminary investigation, the culprits confessed to smuggling and promoting gas to the Cameroonian Ambazonian rebels, who’re prohibited from getting into Nigeria to buy the product immediately.

The suspects revealed that they’d beforehand purchased gas from Gassol and Bali Native Authorities Areas (LGA) on the charge of N950 per litre. Nonetheless, they found that in Takum LGA the gas was bought at N800 per litre, prompting them to supply the product in Takum.

On the time of their arrest, the suspects had been travelling in three J5 autos, carrying 605 jerry cans, every with a capability of 40 litres, totalling 24,200 litres of gas. The gas, valued at N800 per litre, quantities to a complete price of Nineteen Million Three Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira (N19,360,000) solely.

Additional investigation led to the identification of different members of the smuggling syndicate, together with Alhaji Abdulmumini, Jafaru Adamu, Babilu Zubairu, Sule Abong, and Mark Akawu, who’s reportedly the chairman of the syndicate based mostly in Abong, a border group between Kurmi LGA of Taraba State and the Republic of Cameroon.

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