SPOKESMAN of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in Borno State, Colonel Sagir Musa, has issued a release indicating that the Boko Haram sect has threatened to launch attack during the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
According to the release, “information available to the JTF indicates that the Boko Haram terrorists are planning massive attacks on military and civilian targets in Borno State before, during and after the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir period.
“Subsequently, the terrorist group has invited foreign mercenaries to assist them in launching the attacks.”
In another development, the Yobe State governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has approved the imposition of restriction of movement in Potiskum, beginning from yesterday, between 4.00 p.m and 7.00 a.m daily.
The decision was taken following a meeting the governor had with heads of law enforcement agencies in the state.
According to a statement from the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Mallam Abdullahi Bego, the measure was designed to ensure the protection of life and property and the maintenance of law and order in the state.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has declared Thursday and Friday as public holidays to mark the 2012 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, made the announcement in a statement by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Daniel Nwaobia, in Abuja.
Moro called on Nigerians to imbibe and emulate the worthy tenets of Islam, as practised by Prophet Muhammad, while he enjoined citizens to use the occasion to pray for peace and prosperity of the nation.