(FILES) This picture taken on April 30, 2013 shows Nigerian troops patrolling in the streets of the remote northeast town of Baga, Borno State. Nigeria's military said on May 16, 2013 that it was ready to launch air strikes against Boko Haram Islamists as several thousand troops moved to the remote northeast to retake territory seized by the insurgents. A force of "several thousand" soldiers along with fighter jets and helicopter gunships have been deployed for the offensive in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state, he added. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEIPIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images

Soldiers of the Nigerian Army have arrested a suspected Boko Haram fuel supplier in Yobe state.

The troops of Operation ‘Hadin Kai’, in conjunction with local vigilantes apprehended the suspect on Tuesday in Kurkareta town.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Mohammed Yerima, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr Yerima said that the items recovered during the raid operations include 62 jerry cans loaded with Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol, hidden in different houses and shops.

He added that three vehicles belonging to the terrorists’ suppliers with registration numbers DAL 626 YE (Kano), GBK 413 GR (Benue) and XA 390 SHN (Borno) were also impounded.

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Mr Yerima said that the successful raid was undertaken following credible intelligence that some members of the community are suppliers of fuel and other products to insurgents.

“All the recovered items and the suspects are in our custody for preliminary investigations before handing them over to the appropriate agency for prosecution.

“The Nigerian army remains determined to sustain their offensive operations in the area.

“The public is assured that the army leadership is committed to achieving the overall objective of keeping the North East and the entire country free of terrorism, banditry, and other violent crimes,” he said.

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