The Nigerian Army has lifted the ban it placed on vehicular movements in the troubled Borno State capital town, Maiduguri, to ward off the alleged planned attack by the Boko Haram insurgents.
A ban was placed on vehicular movements on Sunday, and this inflicted hardship on the residents of the town, as they were forced to trek long distances.
This forced many to stay indoors and caused churches to be empty on Sunday morning. Many markets were closed, with residents making do with their little stock.
But a press statement on Tuesday, signed by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Col. Muhammad Dole, said that the vehicles could start moving on the roads as from Wednesday (today).
Dole said, “On behalf of the entire officers and soldiers of 7 Division Nigerian Army, the Acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Brigadier Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim, wishes to congratulate the good people of Borno State on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and the hitch-free Sallah celebrations in Maiduguri in particular and other parts of the state.”
He said, “The ban on vehicular movement in Borno State is hereby lifted with effect from 7am on Wednesday, July 29, 2014.”
Dole asked the members of the public to remain vigilant and alert and report “any suspicious objects, persons and movements to the security agencies.”