Following reports of terrorists plan to attack Gajiram town, conduct indoctrinators preaching before observing the Friday congregational prayers, many locals of the Community became apprehensive and reluctant to attend Jumma’at service in the mosque.
This was disclosed in a statement signed and made available by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Col. Ado Isa.
He said on receipt of the information, the Commander Sector 3, Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD)/Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Major-General AB Biu, directed his Artillery Brigade, Brigadier commander-Brig. Gen. JAL Jimoh, to move to Gajiram.
Maj. Gen. Biu reassured residents of the town of Army’s readiness to protect them and their properties as well as their surrounding areas.
While in Gajiram community, Brig. Gen. Jimoh, further urged them to go about their normal activities and legitimate businesses peacefully, without any fear.
Consequently, there was large turn-out of the residents for the Juma’at prayer with Brig Gen JAL Jimoh, other Muslim officers and soldiers in attendance, including the Commander of the Chadian troops under the MNJTF.
According Col. Isa, the prayers was hitch-free, as Brig Gen Jimoh through a Kanuri interpreter addressed the people, reassured them of their safety.
Jimoh also solicited for the support and cooperation of the community by providing credible information on the movements and activities of the fleeing criminals hibernating in the area.
The Deputy Director Army Public Relations further explained that at the moment, security situation in Gajiram is fully under control, while military patrols have also been intensified.
Col. Ado Isa however, revealed that further plan to project the joint forces is already underway, with the troop’s morale and fighting spirit very high occasioned by the latest successes against the BH/ISWAP criminals and marauders among other reasons.