The military has reopened one of the major highways leading to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, while conducting the ceremonial opening of the road near Molai village on Tuesday, said the closure was for strategic reasons and to allow troops access to attack Boko Haram insurgents along the highway and Sambisa Forest.
He said, “The road being reopened today (Tuesday) runs into the forest, serving three towns and a dozen communities.
“Despite the reopening 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.”
He said there was minimal insecurity to lives along the road linking Damboa, Sabon/Gari, Biu and other communities.
He said, “Operations along this road will continue until it is fully secured before handing it to the police to protect peoples’ lives.”
The Borno State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, said with the reopening of the road, bushes and shrubs along the highway would be cleared for visibility.