The troops of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, yesterday discovered a business centre around the popular post office area of Maiduguri metropolis which specializes in the production of fake National Identity Cards ( NIDC) and other documents for Boko Haram terrorists.
The business centre before its identification by the military was being operated /managed by Mr. John Zakariya and Mallam Makinta Umar who are now in the custody of the military assisting with useful information.
This was contained in a press statement signed by Colonel Tukur Gusau, the Deputy Director Army Public Relations.Gusau in the statement said “the arrest of the accomplices were made possible after a Boko Haram Terrorist who was earlier arrested confessed to Joint Investigation Centre that the suspected persons were in the business of producing ID cards for the terrorists group.
“The items recovered from the accomplices includes; computer laptops, memory sticks, still camera among others. “ During preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the accomplices produces fake National Identity Cards and other documents for the terrorists in a Business Centre located in Maiduguri.
“These documents enable the terrorists to move freely to various destinations and carry out their terrorists activities, killing and inflicting hardship to the Law abiding citizens in the country.
“The documents also facilitate the smooth movement of the terrorists to neighbouring countries to network with other terrorists. “This act by the accomplices is detrimental to the ongoing effort of the various security agen- cies under Operation Lafiya Dole,” statement added.
– Ahmed Mohammed Maduiguri