Troops have arrested one Usman Yage suspected to be an Islamic State of West Africa Province logistics supplier and courier in Gubio Local Area of Borno State.
According to the Nigerian Army, preliminary investigation revealed that Yage, who is Chadian, has been in communication with three ISWAP commanders identified as Goni Jere, Abul Qaqa and Modu Sulum.
In a statement by the Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col Aminu Iliyasu, the troops also arrested a Boko Haram logistics supplier identified as Alhaji Lawan at Maina Hari area.
Iliyasu said, “Troops deployed in Gubio successfully repelled a Boko Haram attack on their location and neutralised one Boko Haram criminal, recovered one AK-47 rifle, one magazine, one Very High Frequency radio and one mobile phone in addition to syringes and injections during a mop-up operation.
“Furthermore, troops of the 231 Battalion in conjunction with those of the 331 Artillery Regiment arrested another Boko Haram logistics supplier, Alhaji Lawan, while trying to cross with some consignments believed to be meant for the criminals.
“Items recovered from the suspect include two jerry cans of palm oil, two jerry cans of vegetable oil, two cartons of biscuits, one carton of spaghetti and 30 packets of mosquito coils.
“In the same vein, the Joint Tactical Team made a significant arrest of an ISWAP logistics supplier and courier. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect, Usman Yage, who is of Chadian extraction, has been in communication with Goni Jere, Abul Qaqa and Modu Sulum, who are wanted ISWAP top commanders.”
He added that troops of the 144 Battalion also arrested one Chinedu Mark in Abiriba, Ohafia, Abia State for being in possession of a pistol and two cartridges hidden in a polythene bag stuffed with garri.
“The suspect confessed that he was conveying the arms to three of his friends who are now at large,” the statement said.