The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, yesterday officially re-opened the Maiduguri-Damboa road. Buratai led drivers of commercial vehicles plying the Maiduguri-Damboa road which has been closed since 2013, to convey passengers to Damboa, Chibok and Biu towns.
On arriving Damboa town, Buratai said: “This road is going to be entrusted into the hands of the Brigade Commander. I don’t want to hear of any case of attacks on innocent civilians or motorists. Our troops must be alert 24 hours to ensure that the road is kept open”.
“We must be deliberate to ensure that the road is open and that residents of this place return to their communities. I know the Borno State government is doing something and the federal government is also doing something. So once we open this road as it is open now, everyone should be able to move freely. We will do our job to ensure that it is secured,” he said.
Also in Damboa, Buratai launched the Motorbike Battalion of the Nigerian Army.
“We see it as a force multiplier to the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists. This, we intend to use effectively to ensure that routes are kept safe and Boko Haram terrorists are pursued anywhere they go,” he said.
He noted that the combat motorbikes have added firepower, speed and communication gadgets.
“We are also going to release the second batch of the Boko Haram wanted list. Those that are wanted on our list, the pictures of suspects are there and we are going to launch them’’, he said.
“The choice of Damboa was not by accident; it was deliberate. Knowing the centrality of Damboa in this operation, the vigilantes (Civilian JTF) here would play very important role in identifying the terrorists. So, we call on the general public to look at these posters carefully and identify anyone they can see and report accordingly’’, he said.