Boko Haram insurgents have devised a new means of using “unscrupulous middlemen” to crudely sell stolen cattle at the Gamboru cattle market in Maiduguri with proceeds used to fund terror activities, Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima announced Friday.
He spoke while inaugurating a new management made up of representatives of the Nigerian military, police, the Department of State Security, civilian JTF and Government officials who have been assigned to take full charge of the market and henceforth scrutinize sources of all cattle, delay slaughter of certified cattle for claims while the Government placed a ban on imports of cattle through various routes as well as sale of dry meat across the State.
Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa at the inauguration of the new management committee, said the insurgents resorted to the new order because they now lack capacity to attack and loot banks, towns and other traditional methods of sourcing funds for their murderous activities. “Our security agencies have reasonably established that most of the cattle being traded at the markets were the direct proceeds of cattle rustling perpetrated by Boko Haram insurgents which were sold at prohibitive costs to unsuspecting customers through some unscrupulous middlemen who use underhand ploy to deliberately disguise the transactions as legitimate. The money realised from such transactions would then be channeled to fund the deadly activities of the insurgents.
“Consequently, the insurgents, through these nefarious transactions, felt they had discovered new sources of resuscitating their already battered and degraded infrastructure, with a view to recommencing their atrocities, which have since been irredeemably halted by the Military.
As a result of the situation, Shettima said, he was putting in place a committee made up of representatives of the military, the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of State Security, youth volunteers involved in counter insurgency operations popularly known as the Civilian JTF, Government officials and credible representatives of unions of traders and Butchers to takeover the markets so that activities in the market would resume due to public demands for meat but under a sanitized system.