Monguno said some persons, including security operatives, suspected to be behind the explosives used by the militants have been apprehended.
He said investigations carried out by explosives experts in the Niger Delta region showed that the militants develop explosives from fertilizer, adding that they uncovered the diversion of about 9, 000kg of high explosives and 16, 420 pieces of detonators for illegal use in the area.
Mongonu disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday, August 4, while speaking at a meeting local manufacturers of fertilizers.
“Nigerians should recall the discovery that improvised explosive devices (IED) being employed by terrorists for their bombing campaigns were developed mainly from certain grades of fertilizers with particular reference to some nitrate based types including Urea Nitrate (synthesized from Urea)," he said.
“Accordingly, it was discovered that the indiscriminate importation of these items by all and sundry resulted into lack of control and it eased their availability to mischievous elements for use to perpetrate insecurity. This indiscriminate importation further reduced the prospects for the local manufacture of these materials and by extension, the loss of foreign exchange to avoidable imports. This ultimately culminated into the ban on importation of fertilizers to the country.”
Mongonu said some persons, including security operatives, suspected to be behind the explosives used by the militants have been apprehended.
“The major actors, including the store man of a major explosives distribution company in Nigeria, an accomplice and five (5) security operatives have been arrested and handed over to appropriate authorities.
“Right now, investigations are being conducted and I can assure you that they are deeply culpable and necessary actions will be taken on conclusion of investigation.
“Let me also reiterate that any individual or company that operates outside the confines of legitimacy or illegality will have itself to blame. We also want to add that the government of the day will not want to listen to any influence peddler in the society on behalf of any company that decides to sabotage National Security,” he said.
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