APPARENTLY disturbed by the attack carried out by Boko Haram on Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on Wednesday, Nigerian Army authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state capital.

A statement issued by Colonel Tukur Gusau, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations at the 7 Division, said the decision was taken to protect residents and their property.

“In view of the recent development within Maiduguri metropolis, a 24-hour curfew is hereby imposed on the city.

“This is done to protect lives and property of innocent and law abiding people of Maiduguri.

“The Nigerian Army wish to, once again, thank you for your continuous support and cooperation. The situation is firmly under control,” he stated.

Meanwhile, calm has returned to Maiduguri, after the military repelled an attack on Wednesday by suspected members of Boko Haram, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.

Residents told NAN in Maiduguri that the insurgents had launched the attacks around 5.00 p.m. in Kayamla, a village on the outskirts of the city.

A military officer who spoke on condition of anonimity confirmed the report.

“I can tell you authoritatively that the military cleared all the insurgents on Wednesday night.

“It may interest you to know that they came in convoy of cars and motorbikes to launch the attack, but none of them survived,” he said.

He added that “the soldiers cleared them all, although they were not as many as they used to be in the past.

“I think they are in the range of between 50 and 100 militants and all of them were cleared.”

Colonel Tukur Gussau, the spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, niether denied nor confirmed the report.

He, however, said that the 24-hour curfew imposed by the military on the city was still in force, adding that it was to allow the military carry out mop up operation.

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