The Nigerian army has imposed on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, a 24-hour curfew, following a failed attempt by Boko Haram insurgents to overrun Giwa Barracks of the 7 Division, located in Borno state. Spokesman for the division, Tukur Gusau, a colonel, has said the curfew was necessitated by “the recent development within Maiduguri metropolis”. Gusua said the lock down was to “protect lives and property of innocent and law-abiding people of Maiduguri” and assured the security “situation is firmly under control.”
In spite of the assurance, residents, who fled to safety due to intense fighting are yet to return. Preponderance of the fleeing natives are residenced around the Giwa barracks. A similar attack last year led to many deaths, especially innocent citizens.