Boko Haram: Nigerian Army reopens key highways, releases more names of wanted terrorists

The Nigerian Army announced on Saturday that it had re-opened all major highways linking Maiduguri, Borno, with other parts of the country after being closed for about three years due to attacks by the extremist group, Boko Haram.

The Chief of Army, Tukur Buratai, announced this at the launch of Army Combat Motor Bikes in Damboa, headquarters of Damboa local government area of the state.

Mr. Buratai, Lt. Gen., said the army would work towards securing the lives and properties of motorists plying the roads.

“From today the road – Maiduguri-Damboa and Damboa-Biu highway will be opened.

“The road is going to be entrusted into the hands of the Brigade Commander of the 25 Task Force Brigade,” he said.

Mr. Buratai added: “I do not want to hear any case of attack on innocent civilians or motorists on the road henceforth.

“Our troops will be on alert 24 hours to ensure that the road is kept open.”

He said the Nigerian Army had also re-opened other highways, including the Maiduguri-Bama, the Maiduguri-Mafa-Dikwa-Gamboru/Ngala roads, among others.

“All other major roads have been re-opened to motorists in the state.

“We are deliberate in ensuring that the roads are opened and the people that ply the roads and indeed the residents are safe.

“Those who left should come back, I know that the Borno State Government is doing something and the Federal Government is doing something too on the issue,” Mr. Buratai said.

He explained that the launch of the motorbikes was aimed at beefing up security on the highways to prevent attacks on innocent persons.

“I am here to formally launch the Motor Bike Battalion of the Nigerian Army, we see it as a first multiplier to the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.

“We intend to use the Motor Bikes effectively to ensure that our roads are kept safe and the terrorists are pursued anywhere they go,” Mr. Buratai said.

He added the motorbikes were fitted with fire power and communication gadget for effectiveness.

“This is a first multiplier with added fire power with the speed as well as the communication that is being added to the bikes.

“The reach of these motorbikes will be a very important element in ensuring that our troops maintain the initiatives and continue the exploit that they have so far achieved,” Mr. Buratai said.

“So as the roads are re-opened now people should be able to move freely and we will do our job to ensure that they are secured.”

Another poster of wanted terrorists

Mr. Buratai also launched the poster of the second batch of the Boko Haram most wanted terrorists.

“We are also launching the second batch of Boko Haram most wanted terrorists on our list.

“The choice of Damboa is not by accident; it is deliberate knowing the centrality of Damboa in this operation,” he said.

“The vigilantes here will play important role in identifying these terrorists.

“We will send the posters across the country to ensure that those that have run away will be fished out.

“We call on the public to look at the posters carefully, identify and report any person they can recognise and report accordingly.

“We want to appreciate the support of the public, indeed all Nigerians, because we received tremendous support in the first set of 100 pictures and many of them had been identified and arrested.

“Although we are still pursing some of them we call on all Nigerians to support us by identifying these terrorists on these posters,” he urged. (NAN)


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  • Ritchie

    God bless you, General !
    God bless our President, Muhammadu Buhari !
    God bless Nigeria !

    • Otile

      God has nothing to do with General Brute and his people. Their god is called Allah, and you know it.

    • Dan Minister

      Amen dear

  • Dan Minister

    Oh God continue to protect, bless our NA

    • Otile

      Don’t call the name of God, call Allah/Beelzebub the Mohammedan god.

  • Otile

    Does this mean that all Arewa roads are now open their Boko relatives? Al Hamdu Lilahi, the $2.1 bilions Imam Buhari borrowed from the World Bank is working, working to settle Boko fighters. So, Islamic terrorism is all about money and politics. Ifa a gbe yin oo.

  • westernrollings

    We appreciated the whole efforts of the Nigeria’s armed forces mostly the foot soliders because you’re still playing your roles as expected .
    The orientation of the civilians to report anything they didn’t trust to the law enforcement agents around them to achieve timelines is imperatives.
    #wearewinning

  • Sir Louis

    Congratulations for a good job, Nigeria Army. You have been acquitting yourself well in recent times. Keep up the winning streak.