Nine Killed In Fresh Boko Haram Attack
No fewer than nine people have been reportedly killed in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital after an attack on a farm located at Ajilari community in Mere Local Government Area.
Those killed were said to be working on a farm when Boko Haram stormed the area and kidnapped several others.
Those abducted were mostly youngmen according to a report monitored by Naija News on Daily Post with residents around the area of Gomari ward, close to Ajilari community adding that the terrorists will likely use their victims as foot soldiers.
“Recently, they have been conscripting young men into their ranks,” a security source in Maiduguri said.
The reported attack is coming after Naija News reported the Nigerian Army has told residents and the general public to disregard claims in the social media of planned attacks by Boko Haram terrorists on Borno State.
Spokesman of the 7 Division Nigeria Army, Col. Ado Isa, noted in a statement that those circulating the information on social media were mischievous elements and only peddling rumours.
“Headquarters Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, assures the public that necessary measures have been put in place to checkmate the purported evil plans of the criminals.
“Accordingly, troops in the Theatre, have been committed to ensuring movements and activities of the marauders are effectively thwarted.
“Troops are also in staging positions in line with the Super Camp Concept to destroy the bandits whenever they are seen.
“Consequently, members of the public are urged to disregard the rumour of ‘deadly attacks’ on Maiduguri and environs.
“The fake news is circulated by mischievous elements and other collaborators of the criminals with the aim to instil fear and panic in the minds of the people as well as to sabotage the efforts of the military and other security agencies in the struggle to end the menace.
“Members of the public are therefore enjoined to disregard the alleged attacks on Maiduguri city and environs and go about their routine lawful businesses without fear or hindrance.
“The public are also advised to be more vigilant and report unusual/suspicious presence or movements of persons especially at important public places like markets, schools, mosques and churches as well as venues for occasions to security agencies.” The statement said.