Borno reopens Bama-Banki road — nine years after closure over insurgency

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Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno, yesterday reopened the Bama-Banki road which connects Nigeria to some other African countries.

The 65km road, which connects Nigeria to countries such as Cameroon, Zaire and Sudan, is said to have been closed for nine years due to Boko Haram operations in the area.

Speaking yesterday at the official reopening of the road at Banki junction in Bama LGA of the state, the governor warned immigration personnel and other security operatives against extorting road users.

Zulum also asked security operatives to arrest persons found diverting from the main road towards the bush with smuggled goods, adding that such perpetrators would be treated as insurgents if arrested.

“I am very much impressed to witness the official reopening of this very important international road. This road has remained inaccessible to people since 2012 due to activities of Boko Haram, but with the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari and our security agencies, we have reopened it,” he said.`



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