The search exercise began today with several military patrols stopping in Maiduguri neighbourhoods to carry out house to house searches.
Spokesman of the task force, Lt-Col Sagir Musa, said in a statement: “What you are seeing (the house-to-house search) is a routine patrol conducted by the JTF in areas considered as flash points.”
“Targeted and deliberate cordon-and-search were being carried out in some selected locations of Abbaganaram, Budum and Jajeri.”
Musa advised residents not to panic over the presence of the JTF patrol vehicles and troops even as he urged the people to continue their legitimate business “unmolested and support the task force in its efforts to maintain law and order”.
The search came after the spate of attacks by the Islamic sect members in the past few days, including the killing of a prison official and a retired police inspector.