The use of all vehicles has been banned in Nigeria’s Borno state, both private and public, even including horse carts and camels. The decision was made as part of efforts to thwart possible attacks by Boko Haram during the Islamic holiday of Adha.
“All vehicular movements into and out of Maiduguri town will also be restricted until further notice,” said Nigerian military spokesman Col Tukur Gusau.
Eid al Adha is one of the holiest Islamic feasts, and precautions have been taken by the government to make sure the region - where Boko Haram has a strong presence - is safe.
The decision comes after a wave of deadly attacks by Boko Haram in which the militant group used cars and even strapped explosives to animals roaming villages.
At least 54 people died on Sunday in a triple bombing in the state capital Maiduguri, the city where the group was first created.
The Nigerian Army and security forces have recaptured territories formerly controlled by the insurgency and also freed a number of kidnapped people. This week they announced that 241 women and children have been rescued near the border with Cameroon.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who won elections last May succeeding former President Goodluck Jonathan. has vowed to end the expansion of the insurgency and eradicate its existence entirely as soon as possible.
Boko Haram began its insurgency in 2009 since which over 17,000 people are said to have been killed by terror attacks and in fighting with the group. The group has also professed allegiance to ISIS, which currently control large swaths of Iraq and Syria.