The police in Borno yesterday issued an alert warning residents of the state of an impending attack by Boko Haram using vehicles loaded with explosives in Maiduguri.
A statement signed and released by Ahmed Bello, an assistant commissioner of police in the command, said the attack could take place in different parts of the city therefore the security organs in the state have been mobilised to strategic locations to avert its possible occurrence.
The Borno state police command in collaboration with “Operation Lafiya Dole” high command wishes to draw the attention of the general public that information at the disposal of the theatre command reveals that dislodged and rampaging Boko Haram terrorists have concluded arrangements to attack parts of Maiduguri metropolis notably, populated/crowed areas to maximize casualty through the use of vehicles fully primed with IEDs. Consequently, security forces have adequately deployed resources to counter and frustrate this evil plan of the heartless terrorists. The command therefore, wishes to call upon Borno people and the public at large to promptly alert security personnel of any suspected person(s), suspicious movement, vehicles, objects, etc for prompt action. Be rest assured that such information and informants would be treated with utmost confidentiality. Finally, with the renewed commitment of the theatre command leadership and all security agencies the general public is once again reassured of the determination of security forces to protect lives and property” he said.
Elsewhere, Vanguardngr reports that some people suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists, yesterday, blocked a bus plying Igboho-Igbeti Road and reportedly abducted eight passengers from the bus. According to a source, the armed men were said to have emerged from a bush at Old Oyo National Park, blocked the bus, ordered the passengers to alight and board another vehicle they parked by the roadside. Boko Haram member Before forcing the victims into the waiting bus, the armed bandits reportedly held them hostage in the bush for some minutes before they drove away with them. The source said the occupants of the bus were Igboho and Ogbooro indigenes. Contacted, Oyo State Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed it but differed on the number of kidnapped victims. He said the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abiodun Odude, had deployed his men to the area to search for the kidnapped victims. A source, who pleaded anonymity, told Vanguard: “People in the area are now living in fear as there has been an influx of strange people.”