The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ODO) has denied media reports of a bombardment in Maiduguri.
JTF Field Commander Col. Victor Ebhaleme, made this known while briefing journalist in the state and denied that the purported bombardment never happened and urge the general public to disregard the report that it is untrue. According to him “The issue of bombardment in Maiduguri is totally untrue, because nothing like that has happened. I have been in charge of this operation since it began and we never had any bombardment,” Ebhaleme said. He pointed out, however, that the JTF had embarke don massive cordon and search operations for hidden weapons in parts of Maiduguri city. “What happened is that the JTF had conducted cordon and search operation in search of weapons in some areas. We conducted the operation in many areas, especially near the Shehu of Borno Palace, and we recovered lots of hidden arms,” Ebhaleme said.
The JTF field commander who declined to give the exact number of arms recovered, said that the exercise was ongoing. Ebhaleme, who also claims of multiple blasts in the city, stressed that the JTF was in control and appealed to the people of the state to go about their lawful businesses.
Meanwhile, Media reports had last week indicated Maiduguri city witnessed bombardment following intense classes between the JTF and suspected terrorists.