Troops discover secret Boko Haram/ISWAP fish market where weapons, ammunition and drugs are sold in Lake Chad


Chief of Military Public Information, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) HQ, N’Djamena, Lt. Col. Kamarudeen Adegoke, has confirmed the discovery of a secret fish market set up by Boko Haram terrorists and Islamic groups. State West Africa Province (ISWAP), on the edge of the Lake Chad axis where the real business is the sale of arms, ammunition and drugs.

In a statement released Saturday in Maiduguri, Borno State, Adegoke said 30 young men who claimed to be fishermen and farmers were arrested in the general area of ​​Doron Naira and are being profiled and questioned to determine their guilt or nope.

The secret fish market, the MNJTF spokesperson said, was also a fund-generating hub for the terrorists from whom they procure arms and ammunition.

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“MNJTF troops discovered a secret fish market in the Doron Naira axis of the Lake Chad region during their aggressive long-range patrol in Tamfalla, a popular commercial fishing center located in the axis of the Kukawa local government,” Adegoke said in the statement.

Traders from Maiduguri, Adamawa, Monguno, Hadejia, Niger and Cameroon have been found to have snuck into Lake Chad through areas now considered safe by civilians moving through the area .

“Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists use the market to perpetuate the trade in arms, ammunition and illicit drugs. They have also secured the trade routes on the outskirts, which means that commodities, the most important of which is keeping ISWAP well-supplied, which can easily reach the islands.

“In exchange, ISWAP collects a monthly fee of N5,000 from people who are willing to pay.

“Items found in the enclave included fish packed in boxes, fish being prepared, assorted cereals, household items, a single motorcycle,” the army spokesman said.

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