The Nigerian army on Thursday said there was no plan by the terrorist group to attack the town of Maiduguri, Borno State.
The army was reacting to a report circulating in the media that some selected areas and key facilities in Maiduguri were targeted for attack.
In a statement on its verified Twitter handle, the army said troops have, however, been deployed to thwart any of such plan.
The army, therefore, called on the general public to go about their normal activities, and disregard rumours of any attack.
“Information circulating on social media revealed that some mischievous elements are insinuating and peddling rumours of ‘terrorists’ plan to execute deadly attacks on some selected populated areas and key facilities in Maiduguri town and neighboring areas in order to cause panic and inflict casualty on innocent Nigerians.
“Headquarters Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, assures the public that necessary measures have been put in place to checkmate the purported evil plans of the criminals.
“Accordingly, troops in the Theatre, have been committed to ensure movements and activities of the marauders are effectively thwarted. Troops are also in staging positions in line with the Super Camp Concept to destroy the bandits whenever they are seen.
“Consequently, members of the public are urged to disregard the rumor of ‘deadly attacks’ on Maiduguri and environs. The fake news is circulated by mischievous elements and other collaborators of the criminals with the aim to instil fear and panic in the minds of the people.”