Nigerian Army Constructs Roads Deep Inside Sambisa
In its determined efforts of making Sambisa forest a habitable and also military training ground, the Nigerian Army has commenced clearance operations with a road construction into main heartland of the forest and adjoining towns. The construction project has commenced along Gwoza-Yamteke-Bitta road, as well as the reconstruction of the road from Gwoza-Yamteke-Bitta-Tokumbere, leading into Sambisa forest.
Army Patrol Team
TrekAfrica could not confirm if the road project influenced the decision of the military to ban vehicular movements in some parts of Borno State. The Borno State Government in collaboration with the military had announced a restriction of vehicular movement on two major roads around the Sambisa forest in central and southern parts of the state.
The state Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Dr. Mohammed Bulama, had in a statement he issued in Maiduguri said that beginning from 29th January till Sunday, 4th February, 2018, “civilian vehicular movements on the Konduga – Bama – Banki – Bama – Gwoza road and Maiduguri ( from Moloi) – Damboa – Gwoza road is hereby prohibited.”
He said the action was based on the advice of the Theatre Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole. “Government regrets any inconveniences this temporary restriction may cause the members of the general public and wishes to assure the citizenry that the safety of our people and the final return of peace to the state remains the paramount concern of Government,” the statement added