By Abraham Olatokunbo
Nigerian Army Thursday assured Nigerians that Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, is peaceful, calm and not under any threat of attack by insurgents.
Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Ado Isa, who gave the assurance in a statement, decried trending stories in the public sphere purporting that city had been subjected panic as a result of threat of imminent attack by insurgents.
He said: “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 neighbouring areas in order to cause panic and inflict casualty on innocent Nigerians.
“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 members of the public are also advised to be more vigilant and report unusual/suspicious presence or movements of persons especially at important public places like markets, schools, mosques and churches as well as venues for occasions to security agencies.”