Boko Haram Plot To Capture Maiduguri
Members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect reportedly plan to take over Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
Sahara Reporters also provided with reference to its source in Abuja that the Nigerian military were gathering intelligence, to repel the fothcoming attack.
According to the military source, the terrorists had been moving arm and a number of militants to near-Maiduguri areas in order to facilitate the attack.
"We have identified that one of their major operational bases is 10 miles from a major [Nigerian] army barracks, known as Giwa barracks."
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It was also disclosed that military learnt about the Maiduguri plan when Boko Haram had seized the town of Dikwa in Borno shortly after the Nigerian military withdrew soldiers previously stationed in the area to Bama in preparation for a major attack on Gwoza.
The source added that Boko Haram use their Camp 4 in Gwoza to train militants for the operation aimed at capturing Maiduguri and said that they also intended to use Sojiri town located close to the Borno capital in order to stage ground of the attack.
However he urged people to restrain from panicking:
"I can assure you that the Nigerian Army is ready to defend Maiduguri."
Last Sunday Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in a new video declared that he had created an Islamic Caliphate in the town of Gwoza previously captured by the insurgents. Following the scandalous claim the Nigerian military insisted that the territory of the country was intact and called Shekau's claims empty. However reports circulating say the sect allegedly controls at least three districts in Borno State and at least one each in Yobe and Adamawa states.
Residents of Gamboru Ngala, who were forced to flee to the neigbouring Cameroon, narrated that militants "are now killing people like chickens" and ordered locals to "leave the town because it is now an Islamic Caliphate".
It has been learnt today that the Nigerian military allegedly launched operation of reclaiming Gwoza and the surrounding areas with the terrorist actively trying to resist the attack by the troops.