ABUJA: THE military has issued a warning against visitors touring areas where it has embarked on operations to combat terror.
Defence Spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, said the trend constituted unnecessary risk to the persons especially the foreigners involved and posed undue obstruction to operations.
“The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has noted 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 in Adamawa and Borno States without the necessary security cover or clearance.
“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,” he stated.
Olukolade added that anyone violating the existing procedures for coverage or movement in the mission area did so at their own peril as the security forces should not be held responsible for any unsavory outcome of such movements.
“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.
“The general public is hereby informed that obstructive, suspicious or risky movement of visitors will not be condoned in any mission and operational area in the country,” he stated.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY