By Ibrahim-Gwamna Mshelizza

The 7th Division of the Nigerian Army has restrictedvehicular government in Borno state, particularly Maiduguri Metropolis and its environs from 6L00PM today (Wednesday) to Sunday 7:00AM to ensure hitch free Charismas festivity.

Army in a press released signed by Deputy Director Defense Headquarters Col. Sani Usman said the decision was sequel to security reports at the disposal Division in Maiduguri that concerted efforts by the Boko Haram terrorists to unleash mayhem or terror in some parts of Borno state particularly the state capital during the Christmas celebration.

“ the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri in consultation with the Borno State Government and other security agencies have decided to ban all forms of vehicular movement in the state from 6.00 pm on Wednesday 24th December 2014 to 7.00 am Sunday 28th December 2014”, the statement said.

The statement however added that, the restriction of movement excludes those on essential services such as

medical services, fire service and the media who are duly authorized by their establishments.

The Army also explained that the measure becomes
necessary in order to further safeguard lives and property of law abiding citizens in the state and urged them to bear with them.

The statement wished the people of Borno a hitch free

celebration while appealing to the members of the public to be more vigilant and security conscious throughout the period and report any suspicious person or movement to the nearest security agency.

The statement assured the good people of the state and

indeed all law abiding citizens that the military is doing

all it could to roots out terrorists in the state, north-east and the country at large and solicits for the continued support and understanding all in its fight against insurgency.

It could be recalled that the army has also banned restriction of movement in Maiduguri Metropolis and its

environs in the last Eid El-Fitr and Eid El-Kabir Sallah celebrations in the state.