On Thursday, the Nigerian Army revealed that Boko Haram fighters have told civilians in northeast Nigeria to leave their homes.
Onyema Nwachukwu, Army spokesman, in a statement said that there was “credible information” the jihadists had “infiltrated some villages” near the Borno state capital Maiduguri.
“They have clandestinely been going about threatening innocent residents, warning them to vacate their homes.”
A member of the civilian militia told AFP earlier this week that Boko Haram had warned people in Jakana village to leave by Wednesday as they were going to launch a major attack.
On Wednesday, the army stepped up stop and search operations on the main road heading west out of Maiduguri, on which Jakana lies.