DHQ Cautions Tourists, Journalists On Movement In Operational Areas

DHQ Cautions Tourists, Journalists On Movement In Operational Areas

By Doyin Ajayi | Sub-Editor on May 18, 2014
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Nigerian soldiers patrol in the north of Borno state close to a Islamist extremist group Boko Haram former camp on June 5, 2013 near Maiduguri. | Quentin Leboucher/AFP/Getty Images

The defence headquarters, in a statement on Sunday, May 18, 2014, informs the general public that obstructive, suspicious or risky movement of visitors will not be condoned in any mission and operational area in the country especially in Borno and Adamawa states.

This warning comes after the defence headquarters noticed the presence of a large number of tourists, journalists and adventurers of diverse interests moving about in areas where security operations are currently ongoing especially without the necessary security cover or clearance.

They say that this trend constitutes unnecessary risk to the persons especially the foreigners involved.  It is also an undue obstruction to operations.

The statement further stated that “much as the military has nothing to hide and believes in the freedom of movement in the country, the need for all persons to recognize the status of certain places as operational area is hereby reiterated.

“Anyone violating the existing procedures for coverage or movement in the mission area does so at his or her own peril as the security forces should not be held responsible for any unsavory outcome of such movement.

“Necessary arrangement will continue to be made for the protection of persons and visitors whose movement is duly vetted and in line with development in the security situation on ground in particular mission area.”

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