The Nigerian army has dismissed the speculation that Boko Haram insurgents are planning to attack Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
Over the months, there has been apprehension following the frequent exchange of gunfire between the insurgents and the troops in areas close to the city. But the army said the planned attack is a rumour.
Ado Isa, a deputy spokesperson of the army, in a statement issued on Thursday, said troops are in positions to destroy the insurgents whenever they are seen.
“Information circulating on social media revealed that some mischievous elements are insinuating and peddling rumours of ‘terrorists’ plan to execute deadly attacks on some selected populated areas and key facilities in Maiduguri town and neighboring areas in order to cause panic and inflict casualty on innocent Nigerians,” the statement read.
“Headquarters Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, assures the public that necessary measures have been put in place to checkmate the purported evil plans of the criminals.
“Accordingly, troops in the Theatre, have been committed to ensure movements and activities of the marauders are effectively thwarted. Troops are also in staging positions in line with the Super Camp Concept to destroy the bandits whenever they are seen.
“Consequently, members of the public are urged to disregard the rumor of ‘deadly attacks’ on Maiduguri and environs. The fake news is circulated by mischievous elements and other collaborators of the criminals with the aim to instil fear and panic in the minds of the people as well as to sabotage the efforts of the military and other security agencies in the struggle to end the menace.
“Members of the public are therefore enjoined to disregard the alleged attacks on Maiduguri city and environs and go about their routine lawful businesses without fear or hindrance.”
The army called on the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious presence or movements of persons especially at important public places to security agencies.