The Nigerian Army, has debunked a rumored abduction of travelers on the Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway on December 11.
There was a report at the weekend that some travelers were abducted by members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) on the Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway.
Reacting via a statement, Col. Ado Isa, Deputy Director Public Relations 7 Division/Joint Task Force (Northeast) of Operation Hadin Kai, on Saturday, said the rumor was fake.
The statement partly read: “The attention of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) has been drawn to a series of unsubstantiated reports making the rounds on social media on December 11,”
“Some newspapers also published the purported abduction of Maiduguri-bound travelers by members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Mainok and Borgozo in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno.
“The rumor is false and misleading and had the intention to smear the glaring good efforts and achievements of OPHK.
“The fact is that members of the terrorist group emerged through the Dole/Bari villages in some vehicles with the intent to mount snap roadblocks to cause havoc and apprehension in the hearts of villagers and commuters,”
Col. Isa disclosed troops on mobile patrol within the general area foiled the attempt without any delay, adding that there was no abduction of any commuter on Saturday.