The Nigerian Army has re-inforced the ban on the movement and sales of fish on commercial scale along Maiduguri/Monguno/Baga road.
According to a statement from the Operation Lafiya Dole theater command signed by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations Col. Onyeama Nwanchukwu said some people are taking advantage of the re-opening of the route to smuggle fish to Boko Haram and replenish their logistics.
The statement warned the general public of the illicit act, adding that only fish movement for subsistence consumption will be allowed on the route with defaulters to be arrested and prosecuted.
The statement reads; “It has been observed that following the reopening of Maiduguri -Monguno -Baga Road, the illicit act of fish smuggling has been on the increase.
“Unfortunately most of the fish or its proceeds end up in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents, thus providing logistics replenishment for the insurgents.
“In view of this untoward development, the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole wishes to remind the general public that the ban on transportation of fish in commercial quantity along the aforementioned route is still very much in force and defaulters will be arrested and sanctioned.
“Only subsistence fishing for inhabitants’ consumption is permitted,” the statement said.
Source: African Spotlight