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ISWAP, bandits’ fuel supply chain discovered


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A security analyst and expert, Mr Zagazola Makama has revealed how arms and petrols are ferried to Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists and other criminal elements for their daily operations.

He said large quantities of fuel and other supplies regularly make their way from Nigeria’s border in Kebbi State to Dolé Kaina village in Tounouga community and Sabon Birni in Gaya (DOSSO) into Niger Republic on a routine basis.

Makama, who disclosed this in a post on his official X handle on Saturday, said petrol, arms, and ammunition are smuggled for terror groups through Kebbi route.

The security expert said, “Dole-Kaina, is a border town between Nigeria and Niger Republic runs through one half of the town in Kebbi State of Nigeria, while the other falls into Dosso State of Niger as well as the Benin Republic.

“Terrorist marchants secretly transport large quantities of fuel, ammunition, and other logistics to terrorist groups in the Sahel and West African region through these routes. Sometimes, they passed through the Benin Republic to get to Kompienga, one of the 45 provinces of Burkina Faso, located in its East Region to supply other terrorist groups.

“The bandits in the North West also used the same route to transport arms and ammunition into Nigeria, which they used to aid their campaign of terror.

”One of the challenges confronting Nigeria today is the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. This problem is more pronounced in developing countries where there are porous borders and weak institutions responsible for border security, like Nigeria.

“The proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons in the country is a progressively complex and multifaceted phenomenon that affects people and insecurity.

”The destabilizing accumulation and uncontrolled spread of small arms and light weapons by the terrorist groups has increased the intensity and duration of conflict, undermined the sustainability of peace, impeded the success of peacebuilding, frustrated efforts aimed at the prevention of the conflict, and hindered considerably the provision of humanitarian assistance in the affected areas.”

However, the security expert called for an improved border management mechanism using modern and sophisticated detection equipment to discourage arms trafficking through border communities in Nigeria.


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