Boko Haram bomb making materials supplier arrested by NSCDC

Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) operatives in Borno announced on Wednesday the arrest of one of Aliyu Muhammed, a 24-year-old suspected Maiduguri provider of Boko Haram Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

In an interview with reporters in Maiduguri, the corps commander, Ibrahim Abdullahi, revealed this.

Mr Abdullahi said the suspect was nabbed on April 25  following intelligence reports as he was on his route to supplying Boko Haram militants with bomb materials.

He said that the command’s preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect provided battery for mobile phones, wrist watches, and laptop computers that were used to set up IEDs to inflict massive casualties.

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“The suspect who claims to be a village tricycle operator has carried out many insurgent tasks.

“He also has several bank accounts where in the last six months he has received money for Boko Haram.

“He generally gets big amounts of cash from the Republic of Chad in order to prevent being detected by a third-party account number.

“We’ve tracked dozens of his transactions so far, particularly in Maiduguri’s business money transfer centers,” he said.

The commanding officer of the NSCDC said Mr Mohammed and his peers played multiple roles in masterminding multiple assaults, in worship centers, market places in Maiduguri and surroundings.

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Mr Abdullahi reiterated the command’s commitment to compliment the Northeast counter-terrorism campaign efforts of the military, police and other sister organizations.

“More than 25 Boko Haram militants, including female suicide bombers, commanders and colleagues in Maiduguri, have been arrested by the command over the previous two years.

“The command had urged more than 40 terrorists to lay down their weapons through the dispute resolution department and embraced significant rehabilitation and reintegration through the government’s window of Operation Safe Corridor,” he said.

He added that the suspect would be handed over to the 7 Division Garrison of the army for further interrogation and profiling.

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