The Nigerian military on Saturday reopened up the Maiduguri-Bama-Banki road, a major road that links the two local government headquarters in Borno state, after been closed for over four years after it was seized by Boko Haram terrorists.
Speaking at the reopening ceremony, the theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Nicholas Rogers, said;
”I will recall that on the 1st September 2014, the Maiduguri-Bama-Banki was closed due to the activity of the insurgency which affected the economy of the area.
“And in the course of the insurgency, together with our Cameroonian counterparts, we have been able to clear the road up to Sambisa forest. So it is time our people should start thinking of going to Bama.
“I am happy that these roads have been opened in the first phase of our operation, and that also gives our people the leverage of resuming their commercial activities along that axis and also giving them confidence and hope.
“We implore the commercial road users to kindly abide by the code of conduct that we have given them, so that we can ply the road with some level of safety.
“That does not mean that we are not going to have some challenges. We envisaged that the miscreants may want to lay one or two mines on the road. But we must developed the courage and confidence to use this road until they are worn out,” he said.