Curfew imposed on Maiduguri as Boko Haram tries to seize city

Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters has imposed a curfew on Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, following the ongoing operation around Maiduguri and Monguno as exchange of fire between the Nigerian military and Boko Haram terrorists continue.

The insurgents had since Saturday night sustained attack on the two cities in a bid to seize them. Nigerian troops are trying to repel them.

The defence headquarters tweeted via its handle @DefenceInfoNG“Troops are repelling a simultaneous attack on Monguno and Maiduguri by terrorists.

“Curfew is imposed on #MAIDUGURI with immediate effect till further notice as pursuit of retreating terrorists begin.”

It added, “Coordinated Air and Land OPs being conducted now.”

Read our initial story on the development below.

Soldiers of the Nigerian army and Boko Haram terrorists are currently engaged in a fierce exchange of fire  since Saturday night as insurgents, in their hundreds, attempt to invade Maiduguri, the Borno state capital,  security sources have told PREMIUM TIMES.

This is happening as reports filtered into Maiduguri that the nearby town of Monguno had been seized by the Boko Haram terrorist. That could not be independently confirmed as at the time of publishing this.

A security source told PREMIUM TIMES, “We had a sleepless night till this morning because this elements tried to enter Maiduguri from Dalwa and Limanti axis but our soldiers were able to repell them. They retreated and took another flank around Njimtilo this morning and our troops hav been engaging them there too.”

Njimtilo is about 20 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital.

As at the time of filing this report more troops, together with operatives of the Civilian-JTF, were seen moving towards Njimtilo.

Residents of Maiduguri 1000 Unit Housing Estate, not very far away from Njimtilo, are fleeing their houses and moving toward the downtown.

Witnesses said bullets were flying and empty shells were seen littering the roads as soldiers of the Nigerian Air Force Base and 33 Artillery brigade continued to shoot into the air.

Fighter jet of the Nigeria airforce was heard hovering over the town at about 9am.

Details of the ongoing attack is still sketchy as sources in Monguno and Njimtilo said the fight is still on.

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, had last week in a video  boasted to have more than enough arms to execute a major war against Nigeria.


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  • Abdulkadir

    Jonathan thugs would not stop until all the North is destabilized such that elections can’t hold. The man wants to hold power at all cost.

    • larry

      We need people like you in the army,Tell your father to also enlist .

    • Imbecile.

    • Januzi Omar

      Have you paused for a second To ask yourself WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE WHO CAME IN THEIR HUNDREDS TO SACK MAIDUGURI AND MONGUNO?? ARE THEY NOT YOUR BROTHERS? SO ‘DUMB’ JONATHAN IS SO DUMB HE CAN CONVINCE YOU AND YOUR ‘INTELLIGENT’ BROTHERS AND SISTAS TO DESTABILIZE THE NORTH SO THAT ELECTIONS WILL NOT HOLD??

      Comments from supposed educated fanatics like you abdulkadir are clear pointers Nigeria is NOT AND WILL NEVER be one! When the terrorism started, people like u and yur APC candidate said the boys shld b granted amnesty. When the army dealt strongly with them, u and yur leaders said the army shld be tried for war crimes!
      Now the DEMON You created has come back to haunt you!
      Now you want elections..whike yur zone boils! Who will go conduct elections so that their blood will be spilled like those of DOGS & BABOONS?? YOU MALLAM ABDULKADIR???
      You want sharia..but you are running from the strict form BH wants to enforce??
      The plan has backfired aboki. Mark my words; BUHARI WILL NEVER RULE THIS COUNTRY FOR HIS RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC TAINTED COMMENTS!
      The way it will all end is thus:
      1. If PDP wins fair and square, there will be skirmishes in the north ONLY…the Military will quash such.
      2. APC Wins fair and square..the PDP rogues will NEVER handover to buhari..there will be serious violence not only in the north but in most parts of the country! The heat will be too much for GEJ..he will prefer an exit plan of ‘allowing’ his loyalists in the army top hierarchy take over.
      3. A cabal which will rather not have Buhari nor GEJ might in a pre-emptive move try to avoid such scenarios of 1 & 2 above.

      The inactions of you and yur leaders has boomerang-ed BADLY!
      Watch events unfold mallam..

    • chukwu smart

      U don’t talk like some one who has a common sense, GEJ has been trying everything humanly possible to stop devastating problem facing d north east and u re here talking rubbish aboki

    • elmok

      my friend it will not favour jonathan because if the term lapses and there is no election an interim government will be put in place till election hold, that is what your obj and your apc are scheming to happen hence the continuous attack ,blame your northern brothers not GEJ

    • Jerry Osinbajo

      If you actually believe Jonathan can use your own brothers and sisters to kill their own, you must be a WILD DONKEY!

    • Abdulkareem

      Your comment is in very bad taste my brother. I am an APC sympathizer, but honestly we must stop playing politics with human lives. Indeed the PDP regime has performed poorly in containing this menace, but honestly do you really in your heart believe the PDP can sponsor people to strap themselves and bomb and kill their own family members to prevent elections? Even when it has been established these people are from the same north and in alliance with some from Chad, Niger etc??
      Bigotry will no help our partys cause my friend.

    • Shehu Monguno

      Abdulkadir, reports just out says my home town have fallen to Boko Haram. Can I blame President Johnathan for the insurgency? yes because he is the C-I-C and NO because we northerners are the cause and architect of our own problem. We are responsible for the poverty that lead to extremism and now Boko Haram. The people of Northern Nigeria must stop playing politics and take the lead to solve this problem.

  • Halwa

    Hhhhmmmm!!! Please God we commit Nigeria and our lives onto Your Mighty Hands. Forgive our misgivings and Have Mercy on us. Deliver us from this calamity that befalls this nation. We need Your intervention and final solution.
    This is just coming a day after the president’s campaign visit. Curfew has been imposed indefinitely.
    Please Ya Rabbi, Ya Allah Favour the masses of this country with humane , honest and trustworthy leaders who have Your fear at heart. Who believe in Your existence and in the day of Judgements (Ameen).
    We the followers let us repent and mend our ways and revert to the path Allah (Subhanahu Wata’ala) Has laid down for us to follow through His prophet (SAW). For the adherents of other religions please revert to the teachings of the others prophets. We need to pray and fast very hard for God’s Guidance and Protection from the evils of the evil ones amongst us.

    • Baba Messi

      God bless you Halwa. I am a Xtian, but your prayer is the type every genuine believer (Xtian or Muslim) shuld be praying.
      We have gone astray as a nation. Our leaders are Evil..even the followers are not clean.
      We can only repent and ask for God’s mercy and intervention cos the signs are not good.
      Once again my brother/sister, you are blessed for this prayer!

      *@Abdulkadir below, this is the kind of spiritual maturity expected from you and others if you are genuine believers. Not the silly blame game you adopted.

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    Asari Dokubo said “We are going to war. Everyone of you should go and fortify yourself.” In a meeting of terrorists and associates held in Yenagoa Saturday, the enemy of the state and other desperate folk, threatened Nigeria that if their premiere didn’t win the February 14th presidential elections, they will go to war.

    Asari Dokubo is a terrorist; and a cowardly one. If he were not a coward and he really believed he owned the oil underneath his father’s house, he would have taken what is his and not preoccupied himself being a loud, empty barrel.

    If you’re a terrorist, be a terrorist. Real terrorists don’t make noise. Real men don’t talk, they do. Why has Asari waited so long? What is he waiting for? If I believe something belongs to me, I will take it, legally or otherwise, I will not wait and keep opening my big mouth, making loud empty threats.

    Dokubo’s brother in Sambisa is not a coward. Shekau believes he owns (wants to own) the land of the northeast and he’s going for it, come rain, come shine. NSA Dasuki said in UK last week, that Shekau is linked to the Idriss Deby. Shekau is going for the land every day and is not waiting, making empty threats. He’s a real terrorist, not ashamed of his evil profession. Though Shekau doesn’t do the fighting, he relies on recruiting and forcefully conscripting Kanuri, Shuwa Arab and Fulani youth in the northeast to do his dirty bidding, he does it.

    Asari did not accept the amnesty. He didn’t sign it, which means he is still an active terrorist and still at war with the state. So the question is—why has he not been fighting? What has he been waiting for? He is a coward. He should be thankful to Jonathan, whose number one (and only) legacy is freedom, freedom for thieves, freedom for killers, freedom for terrorists, and of course freedom for cowards.

    But yet, I must commend Asari, because he is honest. He has told us clearly that he only supports Jonathan because he feels Jonathan is from his hometown. He has stated unequivocally that he is sure that “that Fulani man,” General Buhari would have done more for the Niger delta than Jonathan has done. He’s honest enough to say that he only supports Jonathan out of his desperation for cash and because of his village (“monkey no fine but hin mama like am,” he said). Many people are not as honest as he is. The president for one isn’t. The barbarian Shekau also isn’t. They hide their true purpose and goals, and pretend, enshrouded in lies. Asari says it as it is. He says the president is clueless and I am hungry.

    Of what use is it that a man gains the riches of the world and loses his soul?

    I pity Asari, because Jonathan has disgraced and uselessed him. Asari is unarguably intelligent and humorous-clownish. He could have been a respected figure not just locally and nationally, but globally. Had Obasanjo picked an at least manageable candidate from the Niger delta, he would have been able to get his bread and keep his name. But now he has shamed himself, and disgraced his family name. He’s an object of ridicule. A chief soldier of the Clueless General. A disciple of the Okrika jesus. A Fani-Kayode.

    You remind me of my three year old nephew: “don’t talk to me; I am not your friend.” “You must vote for him or I am taking “my” oil.” Take “your oil” but make sure you take your “monkey wey no fine” with you and tuck him in bed. Or he tucks you in bed… whichever it is. We ‘bout to put our country back on the map, man. Shame nor dey catch you? Whatever did the people of Baga do to you? Did they ever smell or utilize oil that you believe they must die and millions of Nigerians must keep on suffering? Oil drunkard.

    If you were not a coward, why did you not go to Sambisa and show us your muscle by rescuing our daughters so you would become a national hero and we would have even made you our president?

    Disgrace to the Kalabari kingdom and the brave Amachree Kings.
    oil

    • Chukwuma

      ‘though shekau doesn’t do the fighting, he relies on conscripting and forcefully recruiting kanuris, shuwa Arabs and fulani youth in the north east to do his dirty bidding ‘.

      Congratulations mallam, at least you have unwittingly(?) admitted those carrying out this mayhem are from the north itself!
      I hope your bigotry will not make you so blind to believe GEJ can sponsor these same ‘kanuri, shuwa Arab and fulani’ to kill their own fathers, mothers and siblings?? If you believe so, are you then calling your people blood thirsty demonic mercenaries who will do anything for the right price??
      Your comment has been noted..for a time you come up in your usual deceit to claim the terrorists are state sponsored.
      A lie may travel for a thousand years my brother, BUT….

      • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

        BASTARRD BABY FACTORY PRODUCT. BOKO HARAM WERE SPONSORED BY THE C.A.N ORITSEJIAFOR AND BIAFRA IHEJIRIKA.

        • Chukwuma

          Hahahah! Thnx for the abuse bro! My religion will not allow me do the same. It says I shld tell you ; God Bless you mallam!
          So happy you got my logic that there is no way GEJ Will be able to sponsor your people to kill their own flesh and blood for elections not to take place!
          So you now had to dodge and mention C.A.N and ihejirika. LOL! SO C.A.N AND IHEJIRIKA WILL GIVE ‘KANURI, SHUWA ARAB AND FULANIS’ MONEY TO KILL THEIR OWN SO AN ‘INFIDEL’ CAN STAY ON IN POWER??
          Wow! You too much bro!
          ROTFL!!!

          • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

            C.A.N ORITSEJIAFOR AND BIAFRA IHEJIRUKA MUST BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ATROCITIES AGAINST THE MUSLIM NORTH. ACCORDING TO AUSTRALIA’S REVEREND FATHER DAVIS.

  • Dankasa

    Another plot, it will not work ooO! Jona was in Maiduguri no violence no attack on his convoy but today, attacks everywhere, may be Sherif told him the hard way the only way or are they scared about Buhari going to campaign there this week? May be that’s what DHQ, a Political wing of PDPig engineered this and announced dust-till-down for to stop a moving train but all these wouldn’t hold water ooO! Buhari or no Buhari in Maiduguri nobody will vote Jona in the Northeast and the election will hold, Jona will be defeated and is leaving Aso Rock comes May 29. Straight to Hague ooO!

  • Thaddy Sopoow

    In every situation God has something to say… Peace we need Nigeria

  • Dandechi

    Indeed we need this prayer in this nation of ours( Nigeria) a great
    nation of the world if not the most blessed nation in the worldwide .
    The only think we need is a good leadership which is always miss. We
    always protect , promote and celebrate leader’s that are corrupt . Most
    of our youth don’t we to struggle to make in life prefer to be
    sycophants or praise singer to those corrupt leaders so call Cabals to
    be enable get what should ordinary be there right. let truth remain
    truth and what is wrong should wrong no matter who is involve poor or
    rich, no sentiment of religion or tribe we need a positive change in our
    nation Nigeria