The Army has announced a restriction of movement in Borno State for vehicles during the Eid El Kabir celebrations from 5pm yesterday, until the celebrations are over.
A statement by Col. Tukur Gusau, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, said: “The restriction on vehicular move-ments will be observed during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations throughout the state.”
In a related development, the Defence Headquarters, yesterday, warned against approaching unauthorized agencies and individuals for national identification registration, saying the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, remained the only agency responsible for registration and issuance of the national identity card.
A statement by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, said: “In view of the prevailing racketeering, the Defence Headquarters hereby warns members of the public to be mindful of getting their national identification from sources other than the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC.
“Such acts of illegal reproduction of the national ID cards could engender a serious security breach in the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the north-east.
“The public are also warned that the approved national ID card, which is a chip-based card, has over 18 security features, some of which are not visible to the eyes, distinguishing it from any of its kinds and can only be issued by NIMC. The printing, which is by laser engraving, stands it out easily.
“Boko Haram terrorists in the north-east also used similar method of identification for their members in the past, who were nabbed by the military.”