The army headquarters in Abuja yesterday said there is no immediate cause for concern on the alleged reports of attack on northerners in southern Nigeria.
The reports being circulated of possible attacks on northerners in the south and vice versa has caused anxiety as well as exodus of people from both regions.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Major General Raphael Isa said there ‘was no cause for concern’ over attacks and rumor being circulated is baseless. “A total of 20 quick response patrol teams recently trained in counter terrorism and counter insurgence have been deployed along major highways and designated places. The teams will assist the various task forces deployed by the military in some places as well as keep away attacks on the people.”
He said a recent military operation in Yobe state led to the destruction of weapons store belonging to the Boko Haram sect.
“Also, soldiers raided a hideout in Pompo Mari area and recovered 40 small arms.” He said another operation led to the recovery of 32 assorted guns and 339 ammunition.
The director said distressed people should call the leaders of the quick response teams
The telephone numbers under:
Army 1 division are
Katsina-Funtua-Zaria Captain UB Mai-Garba 08100126396, 08033635367,
Zaria-Pambegwa-Saminaka-Jos Lieutenant Colonel MF Babayo 08073041478, 08122862332,
Abaji-Lokoja-Okene Lieutenant Colonel Edet Effion 08100126463, 08052336103,
Kano-Kaduna-Jere Major SA Atto 08034527209 and Kaduna-Kachia-Forest Lieutenant Colonel PY Haruna 08135976721.
In 3 division the numbers to call are:
Bauchi-Darazo Major MT Yunusa 08065843549, Lieutenant Igoniware 07085392347,
Jos-Toro-Bauchi-Gombe Second Lieutenant Ali Baba 07083519298,
Potiskum-Damaturu-Maiduguri Captain Ama 08059116439,
Gombe-Biu-Dambua-Maiduguri Lieutenant Wemida 08100126402 and
Gombe-Kaltungo-Numan-Yola Captain Arogundade 08031109572.
Teams under 82 division are:
Enugu-Awka-Onitsha-Owerri Lt. Colonel IU Akpan 07037055354 and
Enugu-Umuahia-Abia-Port Harcourt Lieutenant Colonel AT Lawal 08039550987.