Following Wednesday night’s repelled attack, the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri metropolis and its environs.
Chaos broke out in Maiduguri last night as residents living around the southern flank of the city were forced to flee their homes due to attacks from terrorists.
According to anonymous military sources, the terrorists planned to attack Maiduguri and possibly invade the Giwa Barracks of the new Division.
“The Boko Haram terrorists wanted to attack Giwa barracks but they could not make through the deep trench and sand walls that have been dug long ago around Maiduguri city. Many of them were killed outside the trenches while some fled back. We were with the soldiers during the attack and I was shocked to see that Boko Haram could be in such large number,” said an operative with Civilian-JTF, Ibrahim Musa, confirming the earlier statement from military sources.
Soldiers responded with various calibre of fire arms including artillery guns to an attack being carried out at Kayamla, a village not quite 10km away from the main town.
The curfew statement issued by the army spokesman at the 7 Division Nigerian Army, Col Tukur Gusau stated,
“In view of the recent development within Maiduguri metropolis a 24hr curfew is hearby imposed in the city”, Col Gusau’s statement reads.
“This is done to protect lives and property of innocent and law abiding people of Maiduguri.
“The Nigerian Army wish to once again thank you for your continuous support and cooperation. The situation is firmly under control.”
As at press time, Maiduguri is relatively calm with most residents staying indoors.