Some few weeks after the Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum stormed a military check point and caught some soldiers collecting bribe from stranded motorists on Maiduguri-Damaturu road and ordered the opening of the road, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi; has said that the Maiduguri/Damaturu road now remains closed by 4pm.
He said the measures were put in place to protect lives and property in ongoing counter-insurgency operations.
Adeniyi directed the closure Monday, while briefing journalists on Boko Haram attacks in Auno village that claimed 30 lives.
According to him, it is dangerous to “ply and park vehicles” along Maiduguri/Damaturu road between 4pm and at night.
“We don’t want to see vehicles on this road between evening and night hours and noting that what businesses have motorists and truck drivers to park over 200 vehicles at Auno.
He said that the closure of road, was also to prevent Boko Haram insurgents attacking commuters and communities along the 132-kilometre
He therefore, attributed Auno’s attack on the excesses of drivers and transporters not to heed daily closures of road by 4pm.
On rescue of students, he said: “Yesterday (Sunday), Boko Haram came with 15 gun trucks along Maiduguri/Gubio road.
“In two minutes; they kidnapped three students of Government College, Maiduguri.
“The insurgents quickly fled the road,” adding Lt.Col I. Yusuf mobilized other soldiers and pursued the terrorists.”
While engaging the insurgents, the troops skillfully rescued the students safely.
He warned school authorities against students wearing school uniforms on Sundays in insurgency affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
He said that the wearing of uniforms makes students vulnerable to terrorists and other suspected kidnappers.
Adeniyi handed over the students to their parents, with each of them and their mother collected N10, 000 for their transportation and feeding.