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Military Slams 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri, After Botched Insurgency Attack
By Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri
The Nigerian military has imposed a 24 hour curfew on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, following Wednesday night’s attempt by Boko Haram insurgents to invade the city.
The insurgents had tried to launch an attack the capital city after the 6.00 pm curfew took effect yesterday but were repelled by the military before they could gain entrance.
Residents reported hearing gunshots most of Wednesday night until the early hours of Thursday as the military tried to push back the insurgents who were intercepted at Bale, in Jere local government area of the state, on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
The situation in Maiduguri has quietened down but it was learnt that the military has imposed the curfew to limit human traffic and enable troops conduct searches for remnants of the insurgents who might be hiding in parts of the city.
The deputy director, Army Public Relations in charge of 7 Division of the Nigeria Army, Tukur Gusau, a Colonel, stated that the curfew was imposed to protect lives and property of the people.
“In view of the recent development within Maiduguri metropolis a 24 hour curfew is hereby imposed in the city. This is done to protect lives and property of innocent and law abiding people of Maiduguri,” the statement said, adding that the situation is now firmly under control.