World Bulletin/News Desk
The Nigerian military has banned vehicular movement in the northeastern Borno State between December 24 and 28, a measure the army says is to safeguard lives and properties in the face of threats during Christmas celebrations.
"Security reports at the disposal of the headquarters 7 Division Nigerian Army indicated converted efforts by the Boko Haram terrorists to unleash mayhem on some parts of Borno State and in particular the city of Maiduguri during Christmas celebrations," army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement on Monday.
"Consequent upon this, the Division in consultation with Borno state government and other security agencies has decided to ban all vehicular movement in the state from 6p.m. on Wednesday 24th December 2014 to 7a.m. on Sunday 28th December 2014," he said.
Usman, however, said the directive excludes personnel on essential duties such as the "medical services, fire services and the media, duly authorized by their establishments."
"This measure becomes necessary in order to further safeguard lives and properties of law-abiding citizens in the state," the statement said.
The military urged the public to be more vigilant and "report any suspicious person or movement" to the security agencies nearest to them.
The curfew again reinforces the belief that insurgents still plan to attack Maiduguri, the biggest city in the entire northeast and capital town of Borno state where the Boko Haram was birthed some years ago - albeit as a missionary group.
The military directly imposing the curfew implies that soldiers are still in full control of security in the insurgency-wracked region, regardless of the refusal of the parliament to extend emergency rule across Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Aralık 2014, 00:12