Military on High Alert to Defend Maiduguri – DHQ
The Defence headquarters, DHQ yesterday declared that Nigerian troops are battle ready to defend the city of Maiduguri.
The DHQ gave the assurance following fears expressed by Borno stakeholders that Boko Haram terrorists have surrounded Borno State capital, Maiduguri preparatory to invading the city, The alarm by Borno elders that the terrorists have mobilised to invade the Borno State capital, according to the Defence headquarters was meant to cause panic and unsettle the nation.
The military authorities said yesterday that all members of the armed forces deployed to the North East have been put on high alert and they were ready for immediate action should the need arise.
These disclosures were made even as the military admitted that fighting was still ongoing in Bama, Gwoza, Gamboru and other parts of the North East to reclaim the communities, adding that the situation in these areas were being stabilised.
Aside the alertness of land troops, it was gathered that Nigerian Air force fighter jets and Helicopter gunships were on a 24 hours standby for airlift and attack operations at the signal to take off.
The Defence headquarters further disclosed that highly coordinated air and land operations are ongoing and that the efforts are yielding impressive results in the overall move to rid the area of terrorists.
Several tweets posted on the Defence headquarters handle read, “Alarmist report on foreign and online media on Maiduguri is clearly intended to cause panic in the city and the nation. All facets of security arrangements for the defence of Maiduguri has been upgraded to handle any planned attack or attempt to disrupt the city’s prevailing peace. This kind of alarmist report is uncalled for in view of the efforts and alertness
“Situation in Mubi, Michika, Bazza, Gulak, Gwoza, Bama, Gamboru Ngala and other parts of the North East is being stabilized. Citizens are nevertheless enjoined to remain vigilant as they go about their lawful business as highly coordinated air and land operations are ongoing. The efforts are yielding impressive results in the overall move to rid area of terrorists.”
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