State of Emergency: JTF slams 24 hours curfew in parts of Maiduguri

A civilian with bullets wounds was arrested by the JTF.

As Nigerian troops intensify their search for criminals and members of the Boko Haram in Maiduguri, the Joint Task Force on Saturday imposed a 24 hours curfew in places identified as hot spots of Maiduguri,the Borno State capital.

In a statement issued to journalists the spokesman of the JTF, Sagir Musa, said there would be no movement in the area for indefinite time.‬

‪The text reads: “The Joint Task Force (JTF), in order to sustain the ongoing special operations in the face of recent Boko Haram attacks in some areas within Maiduguri metropolis is imposing 24 hours curfew with effect from today, Saturday 18th May 2013.

“The 24 hours curfew is hereby imposed in the following wards and areas: Gamboru, Mairi Kuwait, Bakin Kogi, Kasuwan Shanu, Ruwan Zafi, 202-Quarters, Dikwa Lowcost Sinner, 504-Housing Estate, Chad Basin, 303-Estate and Baga Road areas’.‬

‪PREMIUM TIMES observed that all routes leading to the state have been sealed with trucks conveying commercial commodities being prevented from entering the city.‬

‪A hospital source, who doesn’t want to be mentioned, told our reporter that an injured civilian with bullet wound was today arrested while trying to get medication at the State General Hospital. Hospital officials reported the man, who is in his middle 20s, to the soldiers and he was immediately taken away to an unknown destination. ‬

‪GSM networks have been grounded for the last 24 hours after it was released briefly yesterday. The situation has obviously left many residents in tension as they could not call their loved ones to alert them of curfew situation.

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