The Nigerian Army has said it will relocate residents of Baga town in Baga Local Government Area of Borno State following ongoing military operations in the area.
According to a statement by the army spokesman, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the relocation operation is to be out in conjunction with the Borno state government.
The Army said it has been observed that some “unscrupulous” individuals with likely sinister motives within and outside Borno State are trying to create panic and unnecessary humanitarian problems for undisclosed reasons.
“It has come to our attention that these people are plotting to instigate the inhabitants of Bama, Dikwa and Monguno communities to abandon their communities and relocate to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps for undisclosed reasons,” the Army said.
The army urged inhabitants of the three Borno towns and the general public to discountenance all calls and remain calm.
Colonel Onyema said that the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, and other security agencies will shed more light on the issue in a Security Council meeting with the Borno State Government, scheduled to hold on Monday 31st December 2018.
“We would like to further state that there is no basis for the people of Bama, Dikwa and Monguno to vacate their respective communities. However, Operation LAFIYA DOLE troops in conjunction with Borno State Government are working towards relocating the 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 would like to warn that any attempt to cause further panic through this false alarm would be viewed very seriously,” the army spokesman said.