Boko Haram: Nigerian military suspends vehicles, motorcycles from Maiduguri roads

JTF in Jos

The military authority in Borno state has declared three days of trekking for residents of Maiduguri,  the Borno state capital, to avert alleged plots by the extremist Boko Haram sect to detonate multiple bombs in parts of the troubled city using different kinds of vehicles.

According to the military, the Boko Haram insurgents, which has now discreetly infiltrated the city  after many months of being fenced away from it by the Civilian-JTF, have perfected plans to mar the Eid-El-Fitri (Muslims’ end of fasting celebrations) by using cars for suicide bombings at various Eid prayer grounds.

A statement by the  Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Muhammad Dole,  a colonel, said the insurgents had perfected plans to use all kinds of vehicles, including motorcycles,  tricycles and even bicycles, to detonate bombs when men,  women and children converge at various prayer grounds to  perform their prayers.

PREMIUM TIMES can report that there are at least 10 Eid prayer grounds around the city of Maiduguri with each having at least 2000 worshippers congregating.

Mr. Dole’s statement initially said the ban would take effect from July 28 and would remain in force till July 30.

But the policy, which take-off date was hinged on the date announced by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) for Eid-El-Fitri festivities, has now taken effect on Sunday (today) with the Sultan of Sokoto and the President of the NSCIA , Abubakar Sa’ad, announcing the sighting of the moon on Saturday and the end of Ramadan.

What this means for celebrating Muslims in Maiduguri is that some of them may not be able to perform their Eid prayers long distances away from their homes,  while some residents would most likely restrict their movements to their localities or possibly remain at home.

Read full statement by the military below:

“The report at the disposal of the security agencies reveals that the terrorist have perfected plans to launch multiple bomb explosions in Maiduguri metropolis.  Their main targets include sallah praying ground markets and other public places by using vehicles such as Volkswagen Golf, Pick Up vans, Keke NAPEP, Motorcycles and Bicycles.

“In view of this, all vehicular movement within the Maiduguri city is banned from Monday, 28th – Wednesday, 30th July, 2014. Members of the general public are advised to perform their Eidil Fitri prayer at prayer grounds nearest to their residences. While necessary security measures are being put in place, people are requested to comply fully with this ban as defaulters will be severely sanctioned.

“Member of the public are also requested to report any suspicious movement of persons or vehicles to the nearest security agencies”.


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  • redeem

    good dont forget to embark on house to house search

  • Okache

    Tthe argument whether Boko Haram dropped the name of the former Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika with the sole aim of rubbishing his name maybe true. But again, he has to put under the radar of investigation to be truly cleared of the serious allegation against him. The writer of this article should know one thing; stranger things have happened in this country and of course in other part of the world. I have read some of your articles and one thing stands out always, always. Your tendency to be subjective when it comes to members of a certain political party and of course Mr. President and members of his cabinet. The writer is always searching for something that is not missing. It is quite absurd, almost pathetic, the position of Mr. Oke on certain issues raised in his article. Mr. President has not come out to contradict Soyinka that he does not have the name of the alleged sponsor of the satanic sect within the CBN. The writer should bear in mind that if you write to support a government because of whatever personal interest, what happens when another government comes in? You probably change your tune and start singing the praises of the new vagabonds in power I guess. That is not the way to go.

    • Alcidno Satori

      true that. you should also wonder why Mr. Davis refused to name the CBN insider. I wonder how much that person’s name really weighs on the Nigerian politics.

  • Otitokoro

    Mr. Ikeogu Oke, you need to complete your introduction by also adding that “I would be surprised if after General Odumegwu Ojukwu the Chief Commander of the Biafran army INITIALLY REFUSED to allow food to be flown into Biafra during the civil war as requested by the then Federal government of Nigeria(under which Obafemi Awolowo served during the war) in order to save lives now LATER allowed same food to be flown in AFTER HE OJUKWU REFUSED ….” Objective history tells us that Odumegwu Ojukwu and THE BIAFRAN authority REFUSED the Federal Government offer and CONSISTENTLY REFUSED THAT OFFER. If you will reply and say Ojukwu had REASONS TO REFUSE, that is fine, but that is a DIFFERENT ARGUMENT. But OBJECTIVE DOCUMENTATION DEMANDS that YOU SAY EVERYTHING which includes the fact that the federal government(under which Obafemi Awolowo served) OFFERED TO ALLOW FOOD INTO BIAFRA!!! Please read the history books VERY WELL and TEACH CHILDREN Objective history and NOT ETHNICALLY BIAS HISTORY). Now if you include this in your introduction then we will see your OBJECTIVITY. But you did not and IT IS OBVIOUS THAT IT IS NOT ACCIDENTAL THAT YOU DID NOT INCLUDE THIS CRUCIAL INFORMATION!!! We are Nigerians. So we know ourselves and our way of talking and our way of life!!! This is just to let you know that ANY ETHNICALLY BIAS DOCUMENTATION WILL BE EXPOSED and THRASHED AND TRASHED INTELLECTUALLY. You will remember what someone said the other time about what “our elders told us-Igbos- about other ethnic group-the Yorubas”? When you write about Nigerian history, you need and must raise the level of your objectivity very high. Again any ethnic nonsense will be THRASHED AND TRASHED intellectually.

    • Alcindo Satori

      what is crucial about your additional information? The writer’s point is clear — for the clear thinking individual that is. Now go and hug transformer. By the way, get ready for another 4 years of GEJ

      • Otitokoro

        Alcindo or what do you call yourself-I guess you are one of those fake online names who resurrect and mutate under serial dubious names. Anyway, whoever you are and whatever it is, question is:
        Did you read my post? I doubt. My post is about serious questions of our history which Mr. Oke treated as if we are in the market but which we will not allow to be treated as if we are in Oshodi or Ojota Bus stops. I repeat Any attempt to present an ETHNICALLY BIAS DOCUMENTATION OF NIGERIAN HISTORY WILL BE TRASHED AND THRASHED INTELLECTUALLY. Remember the last time this fellow called Adichie Chimamanda not too long ago got into an issue beyond her intellection and intellectual capacity when she said “what our (igbo) elders told us Igbo(children) about other ethnic group-the Yorubas…” And this tribal garbage is what you tell children. And we all see that in the behavior of these children when they interact and meet other Nigerian youths from other ethnic groups. So? My point is clear. When you want to engage Nigerian history, you must raise the BAR OF OBJECTIVITY to RATIONAL and UNIVERSAL standards(not some village tribal standard) such that EVERYBODY will see it. You do not engage in silly tribal and village talk on serious questions on Nigerian history and you want to pass such tribal garbage on without serious intellectual challenge. So I repeat, any tribal garbage passed on as Nigerian history will THRASHED and TRASHED ACADEMICALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY. The period of intellectual courtesy (which you simply did not understand is PAST and DEAD.

  • Jakadiya

    Mr Oke, when Ihejirika was GOC 1 Div in Kaduna, the weapons in an armory at Jaji Cantonment were finding there ways to ND militants that saw some officers court martialed. Go back to that report and extract the the roles of Azazi and Ihejirika before your next post.

    • Alcindo Satori

      …and that was why the hausa elites threatened to take Ihejirika to the International Court ha? Common sense is truly uncommon.

      • Jakadiya

        Commonality of Common Sense, You’ve just exhibited one from your comment, for sure.

  • Vin Kay

    All these writers, there is God ooo. Rev. Davis challenged them to sue him in the law court. He promised to meet them there. What baffles me is neither Ihejirika nor Sheriff has been bold bold enough to challenge the man. If they have liver, let them sue the man. So, encourage both men to be ‘men enough’ to challenge Davis.
    Biko, stop writing on someone you claimed you havent related with.

    • Alcindo Satori

      the writer has presented his case in a clear and concise manner, and what is your counter exactly? And make sure you come up with facts, not ramblings that necessitated the slavery of black people. By the way, get ready for another 4 years of Goodluck Jonathan.