Boko Haram never overran Maimalari barracks – Army spox

The Nigerian Army has dismissed social media reports that claimed terrorists sect, Boko Haram overran Maimalari barracks in the northeast state of Borno.

The army described the reports as “fake and mischievous information” urging citizens to ignore it in its entirety.

“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to yet another fake and mischievous information circulating through the social media concocting or insinuating that Boko Haram Terrorists disguised in United Nations type vehicles and dressing have invaded Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri township in the morning hours of Saturday the 29th of February 2020,” Colonel Sagir Musa, acting Director Army Public Relations said in a statement.

He noted that, “To give effect to the the wicked lies, pictures of a training session between United Nations Department of Safety and Security Training Drill and selected personnel of Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE were attached to reinforce the mischievous fake news intended to cause panic and unnecessary apprehension.

He urged members of the public that there is no security threat in Maimalari Barracks and/or Maiduguri township.

“The false information should be completely disregarded”.

“Members of the public are also requested to continue with their legitimate routine activities as the troops of Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE are ever determined to protect the lives and properties of all Nigerians especially those living within the theatre of Operation.

“The public are again sensitized to develop the culture of interrogating/verifying information seen on various media platforms to ascertain the genuineness/veracity of the information for the collective interest of the public,” he said.

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