Nobody Was Abducted On Damaturu-Biu Road — Army
By Ajogwu Jerry
Contrary to trending media reports that passengers were abducted on the Damaturu – Biu axis of Nigeria’s North East, the Nigeria Army authorities on Saturday debunked the report.
According to a statement signed by Lieutenant Njoka Irabor, acting assistant Director Army Public Relations, Sector 2, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, he said the insinuation is false while urging members of the public to go about their normal business.
Irabor disclosed the true situation that led to the temporary closure of the road which was secured by the troops for few hours before reopening as part of the ongoing efforts to track activities of Boko Haram Terrorists.
The statement reads in part:
“The attention of Headquarters Sector 2, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, was drawn to fake news on Vanguard newspaper website and other social media platforms alleging that suspected Boko Haram terrorists have abducted unspecified passengers plying Biu-Damaturu road yesterday.
This is not true as there is no such incidence in the north east, let alone in the mentioned road.
What the medium misconstrued was that, as part of our routine measures to curb the criminal activities of Boko Haram terrorists and ensure safety and security of all residents and commuters, troops carry out routine patrols, checks and ambushes. This often necessitated the temporary closure of the roads. What happened in morning of 1st February 2019 was that there was reported suspected movement of Boko Haram terrorists and the troops swung into action. In order to avoid likely collateral damages, the troops temporarily halted vehicles movement.
However, the road was immediately reopened after the routine military operation.
Members of the public and the good people of Yobe state, particularly motorist and travelers plying that route, are to discountenance the report and go about their lawful daily activities, as our troops are working round the clock to ensure the protection of lives and property of members of the public, especially on our roads.
We wish to reiterate that journalists should endeavour to always cross check their information with the relevant security agencies before publishing,”.