Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Army public relations officer said this in a statement that was made on Saturday, September 17, claiming that the ammunition belonged to Boko Haram, the Islamist insurgents.

He stated that:

“Troops on Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed in the outskirts of Maiduguri following a tip off from the Civilian JTF in the area have recovered a large cache of ammunition at a residential area of Bulabulin Ngarnam, Borno State, today morning.

“The recovered ammunition include 3 sealed boxes of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 3 jerry cans containing various calibres of ammunition, 2 sacks containing 5,998 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and 1, 760 rounds of 5.56mm SS109 calibre of ammunitions.

“In addition, they recovered 5 empty magazines of AK-47 rifle and a magazine of Fabrique Nationale rifle.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to once more commend the patriotic zeal and efforts of the Civilian JTF.

“We also call on all to be more security conscious and report any suspicious person or group of persons as we believe there could be more of such arms and ammunitions hidden or dumped by the Boko Haram terrorists in other parts especially in the north east.”