Abuja - The military has imposed total restriction on vehicular movement on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, amid fears terrorists planned renewed attacks at Christmas.
Public Relations Officer of the Headquarters of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Col. Sani Usman, disclosed the curfew.
He said the decision was made following security reports at the military's disposal, suggesting concerted efforts by terrorist sects to unleash attacks in some parts of Borno State, particularly Maiduguri metropolis, during the Christmas celebrations.
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The statement added the Army Division 7 in Maiduguri, in consultation with the Borno State Government and other security agencies has decided to ban all forms of vehicular movement in the state from 6.00 pm (local time) on Wednesday to 7.00 am on Sunday.
The directive excludes those on essential services such as medical services, fire service and the media, who are duly authorized by their establishments.
The military also explained that the measure became necessary in order to further safeguard lives and property of law abiding citizens in the state.
It appealed to the members of the public to be more vigilant and security conscious throughout the period and report any suspicious person or movement to the nearest security agency.
The military assured citizens that the military was doing all it could to root out terrorists causing mayhem in the society while seeking for continued support and understanding in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in the state and the country at large.
Borno State has borne the biggest brunt of the terrorism Boko Haram is unleashing in the northeast. Thousands of lives have been lost and more than 1 million people displaced.
- CAJ News