- Nigerian Army has reportedly sent reinforcement to Borno
- The Army reportedly took the step due to reports of looming attacks in some villages in the state
- The federal government had earlier directed the Army chief to remain in the northeast until the security situation there improves
The Nigerian Army has mobilised a reinforcement of troops to fortify Jakana, a town in Konduga local government area of Borno state.
Troops attached to the Operation Lafiya Dole were seen on Wednesday, December 5, in large numbers with heavy offensive artillery strategising in Mainok, another town located few miles away from Jakana.
Channels TV reports that the security ambience around checkpoints in the area has also tightened with travellers undergoing thorough checks.
Legit.ng gathers that the move may not be unconnected with a report making the rounds since Tuesday, December 4, of a looming attack on villages around Jakana.
A journalist Ahmed Salkida had said Boko Haram insurgents were gathering in the village of Mattari in Konduga LGA, a few miles to Jakana or Benishek.
However, the Army has yet to respond to this assertion.
The Jakana-Benisheikh Expressway has been the only road linking Maiduguri, the Borno state capital to other parts of the country.
In the height of the insurgency, several travellers have lost their lives with others captured on the highway when the Boko Haram insurgents held sway.
The recent upsurge of attacks on civilian and military bases has prompted the federal government to direct the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, to remain in the northeast until the security situation there improves.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, was also ordered to comply with the directive.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Oby Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), had reacted to the killings of Nigerian soldiers in Melete, Borno state by men suspected to be Boko Haram.
The former minister, in a press statement made on Sunday, November 25, berated the country’s internal security apparatus, wondering why it took the Nigerian Army close to a week before announcing the incident.
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