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BREAKING: Nigerian military locks down Maiduguri- Damaturu-Potiskum expressways, no vehicular movement

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The road from Maiduguri to Damaturu and Damaturu to Potiskum in Borno and Yobe states have been shut down with only troops and heavy fighting equipment plying the road, DAILY POST is reporting.

Although no reason was given by the military, it may not be unconnected with ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the Northeast.

An official of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Maiduguri said the union has no idea about the sudden development that informed the closure of the roads.

He however observed that, “This may not be unconnected with the recent development and attacks by Boko Haram insurgents.”

According to him, plying the road from December last year and within this new year have been very difficult for travellers.

“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.”

Boko Haram terrorists had on Monday staged multiple attacks on Auno and Sajeri communities, near Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Residents, who fled the area, said two persons were killed with five houses razed after the insurgents looted foodstuff, livestock and provisions.

They were later repelled by the military forces and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Benson Akinroluye had confirmed the attacks to newsmen.

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