Military helicopters hovered over Maiduguri on Thursday evening as the armed forces moved to repel Boko Haram insurgents who invaded the Borno State capital.
There was panic all over the city as residents fled in the blazing heat from the invaders.
The insurgents entered the city from Damboa Road through an area called Polo but were resisted by the military.
Meanwhile, theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Mak-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, said I. A statement that the insurgents had been repelled.
“Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have in the late hours of today, Thursday 26 April 2018 successful repelled Boko Haram Terrorist incursion in the outskirt of Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri.
Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE with the support of the Air Task Force, Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and other security agencies including the Civilian Joint Task Force quickly mobilised to the area and cleared the terrorists incursion.
The troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE are currently in pursuit of the Boko Haram Terrorists and have dominated the area while also patrolling the general area of Jidari.
Therefore, the general public and residents of the area that have earlier flee are enjoined to return to their residence. They are further encourage to report any suspicious persons to security agencies currently patrolling the area.”