A curfew has been imposed on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, following simultaneous attacks by the Boko Haram sect on Maiduguri and Monguno, Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters has said.
The attacks came on the heels of a recent video uploaded to YouTube by leader of the insurgents, Abubakar Shekau, who showcased a disturbing collection of arms and ammunitions, which he boasted was more than enough to execute a major war against Nigeria.
It was learnt that insurgents had since Saturday night sustained attack on the two cities in a bid to seize them few hours after President Goodluck Jonathan, during his presidential campaign in the troubled state, vow to liberate all towns and villages currently under the control of Boko Haram.
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”.