Insurgency: No more military escort on Maiduguri-Dikwa road

The Borno government on Sunday reopened the Maiduguri-Dikwa road, five years after it was closed as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency.

The 86km road was closed to motorists in 2015 at the peak of Boko Haram activities in the Northern part of the state.

Gov. Babagana Zulum, accompanied by the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi and the General Officer Commanding 7 Division Operation Lafiya Dole, Brig.-Gen. Abdul Khalifa reopened the road.

Gov. Zulum, in his remark, commended the Nigerian military for its successes in degrading ‘Boko Haram’ insurgents that had been terrorising people in the state.

He said that the reopening of the road would resuscitate socio-economic activities, especially fishing businesses, crippled in the Lake Chad region.

He explained that motorists traveling on the road would move freely to their destination without military escort following improved security.

Zulum stated that the government was also consulting with the military to ensure that travellers on the Ngala and Kala balge roads move without being escorted.

He warned members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers(URTW), and other unions against extorting commuters on the highway.

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