There have been reports that northeast residents are fleeing in droves after suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked some towns in Borno State.

But the Nigerian Army has said those fleeing are only creating panic for no justifiable reason.

The army said people in the northeast communities of Bama, Dikwa and Monguno have abandoned their towns for camps set up for displaced persons.

"The inhabitants of these towns and the general public are urged to discountenance such calls and remain calm," army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said in emailed statement.

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 "There is no basis to leave their respective communities."

The military and other agencies plan to discuss the developments on Monday at a security meeting with Borno state officials.

The state government and the army are working to relocate Baga residents to safer locations due to ongoing military operations.

A naval officer was killed in an attack by the suspected Boko Haram terrorists on the military base in Baga on Wednesday, the army said in an earlier statement.

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