Borno state government has banned vehicular movement on three major roads due to the ongoing military clearance operation against the Boko Haram insurgents.
Dr Bukar Bulama, Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture Affairs, in a statement Monday said the closure would be between January 30 and February 4.
He listed the affected roads as Konduga – Bama – Banki; Bama – Gwoza and Maiduguri – Damboa – Gwoza.
Bulama said that the action was based on the advice of the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole.
He noted that the measures was imperative to prevent fleeing Boko Haram insurgents escaping military offensive in the Sambisa Forest from infiltrating the communities.
“This is to inform the general public that, beginning from 30th January and 4th February, 2018, civilian vehicular movement on Konduga – Bama – Banki, Bama – Gwoza and Maiduguri (from Moloi axis) – Damboa – Gwoza road is hereby prohibited.
“This action is taken in the interest of security of life and property of citizen of the state, based on advice of the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole”.
Bulama regretted inconveniences the temporary restriction might cause and restated commitment of the government to the protection of lives and property.
The commissioner called on the people to be vigilante and report suspicious movements or persons in their communities to security agencies.
“The usual understanding, support, cooperation, prayers and strict compliance to the order by all and sundry is highly solicited”.