Insecurity: Terrorists use ransom money to buy arms, says ACF boss

Insecurity: Terrorists use ransom money to buy arms, says ACF boss

- A searchlight has been beamed on how terrorists get sophisticated weapons for their crimes

- The revelation, which is yet to be confirmed, came from Audu Ogbeh, a former minister of agriculture

- Ogbeh said the criminals use the ransom money given to them for the release of captives

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The national chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Audu Ogbeh, has made a very shocking revelation as to what happens after captives are rescued from the clutch of terrorists following payment of ransoms.

Ogbeh, who was a minister of agriculture under President Muhammadu Buhari's first tenure said that with information available to the forum, it is now clear that terrorists divert the ransom money into the purchase of arms, Nigerian Tribune reports.

He said some of the forum's members in Sokoto and Zamfara have observed that many consignments of illegal arms are allowed into the nation's borders.

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Ogbeh alleged that sometimes, these evil persons transport their weapons through camels which are hardly suspected by anyone.

Insecurity: Terrorists use ransom money to buy arms, says ACF boss
Audu Ogbeh, ACF's boss, said terrorists use ransom money to purchase more illegal arms (Photo: @AuduOgbeh)
Source: Twitter

The ACF's boss in a statement on Thursday, December 31, claimed that on a daily basis, truckloads of arms come into the country unchecked by operatives of security agencies, hence the sophisticated weapons used in carrying out more violent crimes.

He said:

“And they observed that nobody checks their baggage and nobody knows what is being brought into Nigeria. 
“The question Arewa Consultative Forum would like to ask the security agencies is what are the Camels carrying and where they are heading?
“The ACF wants to alert the government about this situation, if they are not aware of it and if they are aware of it, to ask what they are doing about it."

Meanwhile, an Islamic cleric, Sheihk Abdullahi Isah, on Wednesday, December 16, said that most of the insecurity cases in Nigeria had a political undertone.

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