Situation in Maiduguri is Under Control – Army, Police


A young girl allegedly hit by a stray bullet in the maiduguri attack

Following infiltration and sporadic shootings at innocent civilians by suspected members of dreaded boko haram on Wednesday, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole has said that there is no cause for alarm.

According to a press statement issued by Spokesman of the Army in Maiduguri, Lieutenant Colonel Kingsley Samuel, Deputy Director Army Public Relations 7 Division said “The situation in Maiduguri is under control. The general public is requested not to panic and stay calm. In the same vain, the Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isuku in a statement said, “Please everyone should calm down, and remain indoors. The police and the military have mobilised enough reinforcements to the scene. Details follows later!”

Heavy armed terrorists infiltrated Maiduguri, the Borno state capital through Jiddari/ Polo/ Federal High Court General area on Wednesday at about 6:45pm, leading to the displacement of hundreds residents who fled for safety.

It was unclear if there were any casualties after the assault on Giwa military barracks and three suicide bombings in the Usmanti Muna area of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and birthplace of Boko Haram.

“Some suspected Boko Haram attempted to attack a village far off and our troops ranged (subdued) them,” Nigerian military spokesman Brigadier-General Sani Usman said in a short statement. “There was an attempt by a few suspected Boko Haram to attack… and all have been neutralised. Situation cool and calm,” Usman said.

The attacks took place just a day before Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was set to visit the city.

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