WARRI—EX-MILITANTS in the Niger-Delta, under the auspices of the defunct Niger Delta Liberation Force, NDLF, said they have uncovered a secret conduit through which the militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram, allegedly transports weapons/ammunition into the country.
Spokesperson of the group, ‘Captain’ Mark Anthony, told Vanguard in an
exclusive interview, yesterday, in Warri, Delta State, that a top government
official (names withheld) was using his influence to circumvent the laws of
Nigeria Customs to allow entry through the nation’s border to illegal arms
dealers who supply military hardware to members of the sect.
President Goodluck Jonathan, speaking at a church service held at the
National Christian Centre to mark the 2012 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, early
this year, had said that members of the Islamic sect had infiltrated the three
arms of government at the federal level.
He confessed that combating Boko Haram was complicated as members of the Boko
Haram sect were in the armed forces, the executive, legislature and
The NDLF spokesperson told Vanguard that the top official, evidently among
the key financiers of Boko Haram, “is single-handedly sponsoring the current
anti-Jonathan debates in the National Assembly to destabilise President Goodluck
The former agitators called on President Jonathan to dismiss the official and
order his arrest by security agencies and prosecution for offences against the
He said: “We, therefore, call for the immediate sack, arrest, investigation
and prosecution of the shadowy Boko Haram senior officer and financier in
government to serve as a deterrent to others.”
Asked if the group had alerted any of the nation’s security agencies on its
findings, he said: “This is our own method of alerting the security agencies so
that they will swing into action.
“We are willing to uncover more dirty deals of the financier to assist
investigators whenever the time comes to nail him of his sins against the
Nigerian state, without fear or favour.”
Pointing out that the northern group had purportedly concluded plans to
foment more troubles in the country, Anthony said: “We, Niger Delta
ex-agitators, therefore, cannot fold our arms and allow these shady characters
and anti-Jonathan northern elements to continue to destroy his administration,
while at the same time enjoying patronage at top positions in the government.”