The Army has imposed a 24-hour curfew on some parts of Maiduguri.Eleven areas are reportedly affected by the curfew and residents of such places have been asked to remain in doors until further notice.
JTF spokesman Lt-Col. Sagir Musa released the names of the affected areas which include Gamboru-Customs Area, Mari Kuwait Area of the University of Maiduguri, Bakin Kogi, Kasuwan Shanu-Kofar Biyu, Rawan Zafi-Customs, 202 Housing Estate Bama Road, 303 Housing Estate Bama Road, and Dakiwa Low-cost Housing Estate.Others include Simari-Zannari-Kwanan Yobe, 505 Housing Estate-Muna Garage Road, Chad Basin Muna Garage Road, and Baga Road-Bolori-Umamari.
Maidguri the capital of Borno state has been the base of Boko Haram insurgents that have terrorized Nigerians.
President Goodluck Jonathan imposed a state of emergency in Borno,Yobe and Adamawa states as part of the twin measures aimed at tackling the insurgency.Apart from the military option, the dialogue committee aimed at facilitating talks with the insurgents is still in place.
Meanwhile as the heat intensifies on the insurgents, many of the Boko Haram members have been fleeing their bases .The military said in a statement yesterday that 65 fleeing terrorists have been arrested. Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade said in a statement : “ In continuation of the mission to rid the nation’s territories of all insurgents activities, the Special Forces have apprehended 65 persons confirmed to be terrorists as they made attempt to infiltrate Maiduguri while fleeing from various camps now under attack.
“A total of 11 vehicles, 4 tricycles and 24 handsets were also seized in the process. All the suspects are in custody of Joint Task Force and are currently being interrogated.
He added ,“Meanwhile of the camps of the terrorists have been found deserted by fleeing insurgents when troops of the Special Task Force stormed the localities. The facilities have been occupied by troops.
The defence spokesman said ,“In another development, troops have engaged and dislodged elements of insurgents groups who carried out attacks on citizens in localities such as Gamboru ward yesterday.
“At the end of the encounter, a total of 10 suspected terrorists were confirmed dead while weapons such as Rocket Propelled Grenade launchers, assorted ammunition and rifle magazines were recovered. The area is being combed to fish out any of the surviving insurgents.
He observed that “Also, some of the fleeing insurgents from various camps have been noted to be in search of fuel from neighboring communities. Citizens are advised to report to JTF, any group of persons roaming around the local communities..”