Army Re-opens Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu Road
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has re-opened the
Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road for motorists and commuters in Borno state.
The 187-kilometre road was closed by Army in November, 2018 over
insecurity to lives and property.
Flagging off road open on Tuesday; near Molai, he said the closure was
for strategic reasons and to allow free actions of troops against Boko
Haram insurgency along highway and Sambisa Forest.
His words: “The road to be re-open today (Tuesday); runs into the
forest, serving three towns and a dozen communities.
“Despite the re-opening of this road on April 4, 2016 to members of
the public, we had to close it again about a year ago.
“The closure is an operational exigency to secure and protect people
lives and property along the affected road.”
According to him, the Army has achieved the objectives of road closure
by securing it for motorists and commuters.
He said there is minimal insecurity to lives along road linking
Damboa, Sabon/Gari, Biu and communities along the road.
He assured stakeholders of Damboa and Biu that the Civilian JTF,
vigilantes and hunters will support the military in securing the road.
“Operations along this road will continue, until it is fully secured,
before handing it to the police protects people’s lives, while
commuting in the state,” said Buratai.
He also appreciated the police for supporting the Army; in the ongoing
counter-insurgency operations in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
While thanking the Army for re-opening, the Deputy Governor, Umar
Kadafur called on motorists to cooperate with soldiers and other
He said that with the re-opening of road, bushes and shrubs along the
road be cleared for visibility, while driving.
Kadafur; however warned motorists against giving out money to security
personnel for logistics, before travelling along the road.