- The Nigerian Army faults social media reports claiming the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway has been closed down
- A spokesperson for the army, Col Onyema Nwachukwu, said troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, conducted a condone and search exercise on the road to make it safe for motorists and other users
- Nwachukwu urges members of the public to cooperate with the troops to enable discharge their duties effectively
The Nigerian Army on Wednesday, January 9, dismissed reports indicating the total closure of the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway.
In a statement, Col Onyema Nwachukwu, the deputy director, army public relations, operation Lafiya Dole, said the road has not been closed for motorists as insinuated in the social media reports, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Nwachukwu disclosed that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, conducted condone and search exercise to sanitise communities located on the road to make it safe for motorists and other users.
He said: “Our attention has been drawn to rumours that the Nigerian Army has closed Maiduguri-Damaturu Road. This is not true.
“What is happening is an ongoing clearance and snap checks operations in the general area required to clear suspected Boko Haram terrorists along the road.
“The clearance operation is ultimately for the safety and security of motorists and other road users”.
Nwachukwu called on members of the public to cooperate with the troops to enable them discharge their duties effectively.
Earlier reports claimed that the Nigerian Army barricaded the only safe highway that leads into Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, following a series of attacks on the route by Boko Haram insurgents in the last 48 hours.
The Premium Times citing motorists reported that the road users were stopped from plying the route early on Wednesday, January 9.
The online newspaper stated that there are six major highways that takes travellers in and out of Maiduguri. But that with the capture of territories and displacement of residents from their communities in 2014, all the five roads were closed by the military due to security concerns.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that President Buhari on Monday in Abuja met a delegation from Borno, and restated his administration’s unwavering determination to equip the military to overcome the insurgency in the northeast.
The president told the delegation led by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno the collective safety and security of civilians would continue to remain paramount in the administration’s strategy to restore peace and stability in the region.
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