Army Blocks Maiduguri-Damaturu-Potiskum Expressway

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The road leading from Maiduguri to Damaturu and Damaturu to Potiskum in Borno and Yobe states have been reportedly shut down by troops of the Nigerian Army.

Reported that only troops and heavy fighting equipment are plying the road.

The state Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Malam Nuhu according to a publication by Daily Post, claimed not to have any idea on what led to the sudden road closure.

He however observed that the development might not be unconnected to some recent attacks launched by Boko Haram fighters which is raising concern for those plying the roads as well as residents of the area and nearby places and efforts by the security forces to tackle same.

“It is rather traumatic for drivers and passengers going through the over 200 km stretch between Maiduguri and Potiskum when one is going to Kano, Jos or Abuja or when one is coming back. The road within this stretch is always a point of long prayers seeking divine intervention as the uncertainty is greater.

“I think if closing the road is to fish out the men threatening travellers, then it is a good idea. But we do not know their mission yet, however like I said, it may not be unconnected with the ongoing operations in the area” he said.

As at press time, official communication was still been expected from both the military and police as initial inquiries on the road closure didn’t yield positive results.

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