The Borno state Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, has debunked reports of an early morning attack by Boko Haram insurgents in Maiduguri the Borno state capital on Saturday.
There were reports of loud explosions heard from Polo and Damboa- Molai areas of the capital city about 5 am on Saturday morning which was followed by the sound of artillery from the military.
Chukwu, in a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Edet Okon, assured residents that there is no threat to public peace and order in the city and called on voters to come out to vote for the candidates of their choice.
According to him:
“Owing to the sound of heavy gunfire heard this morning around Maiduguri Metropolis, the Commissioner of Police Borno State, CP Damian Chukwu wishes to inform members of the public that there’s no attack on any part of Maiduguri and hence no threat to public peace and order. The gunfire was not targeted at members of the public but was for security purpose.
“He, therefore, calls on all qualified voters in the state to come out en masse to vote for candidates of their choice.
“He equally assures members of the public of the readiness of the security forces to ensure peaceful, fair and free elections in a safe environment.”