Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian military has placed a restriction on vehicular movement in Borno and Yobe states, North-East Nigeria throughout the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

In a statement on Friday, the spokesman for the Military in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, Colonel Sani Usman, said the step was taken to forestall planned deadly attacks on the two states by an Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

Mr Usman stated that the military had received a report that members of the terrorist group were planning to launch multiple bomb explosions in some towns and villages in Maiduguri and major towns in Borno and Yobe States during the 2014 Eid-El-Kabir celebrations.

The report says the terrorists planned to use motorcycles, tri-cycles and other means of transportation in perpetrating the heinous crime.

“The insurgents’ proposed main targets are Sallah praying grounds, markets and other public places.

“In view of this, all manner of vehicular movement are banned in the entire State from 5:00 pm on Friday, 3 October, 2014 to 7.00am on Monday, 6 October 2014,” he said.

He advised members of the general public to perform their Eid El Kabir prayers at praying grounds nearest to their respective residences, assuring Muslim faithful that necessary security measures are being put in place to ensure safety of lives and property.

The military Spokesman advised the general public to promptly report suspicious persons to security agencies.

He stressed that defaulters of the restriction would be severely sanctioned, but stated that workers on essential services such as hospitals and fire services with clear identification would be exempted.

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