The Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole has said that with effect from Thursday, 20 June 2019, the Command will place a ban on the sale of all petroleum products in containers throughout the theatre.
The Theatre Command spokesman, Colonel Ado Isa disclosed this a statement on Friday.
The Theatre said that the decision is resultant to the discovery that its efforts in the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency in the Northeast are sometimes jeopardized by men hiding under the guise of “business”.
According to Colonel Isa, the jeopardizing of its efforts is evident in some business activities are unsuspectedly conducted by some businessmen in active connivance with the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs)/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) who strive to replenish their daily logistics supplies.
Isa said that gathered intelligence revealed that, due to the intensity of the ongoing aggressive clearance operations within the theatre, the terrorists now resort in contracting some business collaborators.
These, according to him, supply them with various items ranging from foodstuff, drugs, fuel, chemicals, electrical materials as well as vehicular spare parts as they could not dare to come out and roam freely and get the stuff.
The Command also warned citizens to desist from indulging in illicit trade and other unlawful businesses with members of the terrorist groups.
“Anyone caught in this act will face the full wrath of the law,” Colonel Isa said.
The spokesman added that the Command will monitor and fully enforce the embargo to deny the terrorists freedom of action and any source of supply within the theatre.