NIGERIAN Army said it had
arrested two business centre
operators in Maiduguri,
the Borno State capital, for
allegedly producing fake
National Identity Cards for
members of the Boko Haram.
Parading the suspects to
journalists in Maiduguri
yesterday, the spokesman of
the 7 Division of the Nigerian
Army, Maiduguri, Col. Tukur
Gusau disclosed that the
two operators of the centre,
Mr Makinta Umar, and John
Zakariya, were arrested after
a suspected Boko Haram
member confessed that the
suspects were producing the
ID cards for members of the
terrorists group.
The Colonel said the action of the army was in furtherance
to the combined efforts of the
Nigerian Armed Forces and
other security organisations
to counter terrorism and
insurgency in the North-East.
He disclosed that, “A
business centre around Post
Office area in Maiduguri was
identified as an accomplice
of Boko Haram terrorists by
producing national identity
cards and other documents for
the terrorists. The operators of
the centre were apprehended
after a Boko Haram suspect
earlier arrested confessed to
the Joint Investigation Centre
that the suspects were in the
business of producing the ID
cards for the terrorist group.
“Among the items recovered
from the suspects were
computer laptops, memory
sticks, still camera, etc. It
was discovered that the
accomplices produce fake
national ID cards and other
documents for the terrorists in
the business centre.
“These documents enable
the terrorists to move freely to
various destinations and carry
out their terrorist activities,
killing and inflicting hardships
on the law abiding citizens of
the country,” Gusau added.

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