Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State and the Nigerian military, on Wednesday, reopened the Bama- Banki road in Bama local government area which was closed in 2012 due to the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents.
Bama is one of the commercial base in Borno State which is linked to Cameroon and Central Africa.
The road was unveiled by the theatre commander of operations, Major General Christopher Musa and the State Governor.
Zulum, in his remark, thanked President Buhari and the Nigerian Army for their relentless effort in the fight against Boko Haram. He also thanked them for the success recorded so far in the fight.
“I am very much impressed to witness the official reopening of this very important international road. This road has remained inaccessible to people since 2012 due to activities of Boko Haram, but with the coming of President Buhari and the security agencies have worked together to ensure safety is being returned,” he said.
The State Governor also donated 10 surveillance vehicles to aid the Army carry out their security operations along the road as he warned against unnecessary extortion from motorist by security officials on the highway.
“As we were coming here today, I sighted some immigration personnel busy extorting our motorists along the Maiduguri-Bama-Banki junction, which is unacceptable. I want to strongly sound a warning, especially to Immigration personnel and other sister agencies to desist from extorting motorists and passengers,” he stated.
He gave orders to arrest anyone engaged in smuggling of goods across the road, especially those who may want to smuggle food items through the bush to supply to criminals.
General Musa said reopening of roads and resettlement of IDPs by the current administration signifies the end of insurgency in the northern part of the country.