The Nigerian Army has announced that men of its 7th Division has smashed a fake business center tasked with the production of fake identification cards for the dreaded Boko Haram sect in Maiduguri.
The business centre, managed by one Mr. John Zakariya and Mallam Makinta Umar was situated around the busy Post Office road in the state’s capital.
In a statement issued by Colonel Tukur Gusau, the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, it was revealed that the operators of the ring were currently in custody.
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 include; 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 agencies under Operation Lafiya Dole”. Gusau’s statement added.