The Nigerian Army has cautioned against insinuations capable of causing panic and displacement in resettled communities in Borno.
Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation LAFIYA DOLE gave the warning in a statement issued in Maiduguri on Sunday.
Nwachukwu said that the army had received reports indicating that some unscrupulous elements were instigating residents of Bama, Dikwa and Monguno to abandon their homes and relocate to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state.
According to him, there was no basis for inhabitants of the affected communities to abandon their homes as such insinuations are instigated for undisclosed reasons.
He said the army and other security agencies would shed more light on the situation at the extraordinary security meeting conveyed by Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno.
“We will like to further state that there is no basis for the people of Bama, Dikwa and Monguno to vacate their respective communities.
“However, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in conjunction with Borno State Government are working toward relocating residents of Baga to safer locations in view of the ongoing military operations in the area.
“Members of the public are advised to remain calm as the military is in firm control to guarantee their safety and security.
“We will like to warn that any attempt to cause further panic through false alarm would be viewed very seriously,’’ Nwachukwu said.