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Army refutes commuters, motorists abduction in Borno

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Army refutes commuters, motorists abduction in Borno

By Tada JUTHA, Maiduguri

The Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), Maj-Gen, Christopher Musa has refuted the alleged abduction of several commuters along Mainok/Borgozo road in Kaga Council of Borno state.

According to him, the purported kidnappings, were made by the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists on Saturday.

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Spokesman of OPHK, Col. Ado Isa, in a statement, yesterday (Sunday) in Maiduguri, disclosed that there were series of unsubstantiated reports on some social media and newspapers (not The Guardian) on the abduction of commuters in Borno state.

He said the alleged incident was “false and misleading” with the intention to smear the image of the Army on the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the Northeast.

Instead, he said the terrorists in some vehicles emerged through the Dole and Bari villages with the intent to mount snap road blocks.

He further disclosed that they were to cause “havoc and apprehension” among commuters in the two villages.

“The troops on mobile patrol within the general area foiled the attempts instantly to protect commuters and villagers,” he said, stating that there was no abduction of any commuter last Saturday.

He noted that it was the imagination of mischief makers who are not happy that peace is gradually returning to the Northeast region.

Troops, according to him, will continue to sustain the safety on roads and other main supply routes to frustrate terrorists’ intentions against commuters.

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He therefore urged the general to disregard the reports on the recent abduction of commuters along the Maiduguri/Damaturu road on Saturday.

Continued: “You’re to remain calm and verify issues with the military authority as an unsuspected group of persons are planning to cause apprehension,” as well as anxiety among commuters and motorists at yuletide season of the year.

Army refutes commuters, motorists abduction in Borno

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