The Borno Government has banned vehicular movement on three major roads in the state due to the ongoing military clearance operation against the Boko Haram insurgents.
Bukar Bulama, the commissioner of home affairs, information and culture affairs, made the announcement on Monday in a statement issued in Maiduguri.
Mr. Bulama disclosed that the government had prohibited vehicular movement on the roads to be observed between Jan. 30 and Feb. 4.
He listed the affected roads to include Konduga – Bama – Banki; Bama – Gwoza and Maiduguri – Damboa – Gwoza.
Mr. Bulama said 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”.
Mr. Bulama added that the government regretted inconveniences the temporary restriction might cause the people.
He reiterated the commitment of the government to the protection of lives and property as well as restoration of peace to the state.
The commissioner called on the people to be vigilant 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.”