Troops Take Over Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States…Economic Activities Paralyzed
Barely 24 hours after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a State of Emergency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in response to the Boko Haram insurgency, which has claimed several lives and destroyed many property, the military has deployed more troops to the states under emergency rule and some neighbouring states and kept vigil on towns and villages and patrolled streets primarily to scare away terrorists.
In compliance with the president’s orders, over 2000 soldiers were reportedly seen in Yola and Maiduguri, even as troops in Borno launched its first operation in Maiduguri, raiding one of the insurgent’s camps and recapturing three local govts previously under the control of Boko Haram.
A dusk-to-dawn curfew (between 6pm and 6am) has been imposed on Yola, Adamawa State, as part of the crackdown against Boko Haram. Security sources claimed that two other states might follow suit.
It was also gathered that mobile phone services was cut off as fighter jets streaked through the skies in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
As a result the presence of the forces, , economic activities have been grounded in virtually all the three states.
Banks, markets, schools and other public institutions have been shut down in most of the cities and towns especially in Yobe.
Many stayed indoors, watching the unfolding scenario with fear of the unknown. Soldiers patrolling the streets were armed to the teeth and people were scared of them. Many towns have become a ghost of their former selves.
Speaking on the development, defence spokesman, Brig. General Chris Olukolade said “The Nigerian Armed Forces, the Nigeria Police and other security agencies have commenced operations to rid the nation’s border territories of terrorist bases and activities. The military operation will focus on tracking down criminal elements within the vicinity of border communities prone to terrorist activities.
Gen, Olukolade assured law abiding citizens that every effort has been put in place to ensure safety of civilians and non-combatants while the operation lasts.
“All citizens are enjoined to cooperate with troops and supply necessary information on criminal and terrorist activities or movements in their localities as the operation is intended to safeguard the nation’s interests and citizens in all parts of the Federation.”
The Defence spokesman said the operation will spread to anywhere terrorists or insurgents can be found in the entire northern flank adding, “that is why President Goodluck Jonathan is appealing to foreign countries to block their borders and stop the terrorists running into their country.
Reports have it that the troops have invaded thick forests in Sambisa, Borno State, an area that is notorious for being the training ground for the terrorists. Military sources reportedly claimed that the troops have attacked the area and dislodged the sect members who fled under heavy military onslaught.
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