Nine years later, Zulum reopens the Bama-Banki-Cameroon road

Nine years later, Zulum reopens the Bama-Banki-Cameroon road

With the full participation of the Nigerian army, on Wednesday the governor of Borno, Babagana Umara Zulum, reopened the 65 km Bama-Banki border road linking Cameroon and parts of central Africa.

The road had been closed since about 2012 due to the activities of Boko Haram.

Zulum, together with the commander of the theater, “Operation Hadin Kai”, Major General Musa Christopher, traveled to the border town from Maiduguri.

Opening the road in Banki Junction on the outskirts of the city of Bama, Zulum welcomed the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian army to achieve consistently recorded results in building peace and stability in the Northeast region.

“I am very impressed to see the official reopening of this very important international road. This road has remained inaccessible to people since 2012 due to the activities of Boko Haram, but with the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari, our valiant security agencies have been working towards the reopening of this road today, ”said Zulum.

… Provides the army with 10 operational vehicles

The governor released 10 surveillance vehicles to the Nigerian army to improve security operations along the reopened road.

The vehicles were received by the Theater Commander, ‘Operation Hadin Kai’.

… Warns against extortion of motorists, smuggling

Governor Zulum at the inauguration strongly warned security officials to desist from extorting motorists and passengers as they walked down the street:

“As we were on our way here today, I saw immigration personnel extorting our motorists along the Maiduguri-Bama-Banki intersection, which is unacceptable. I want to issue a strong warning, particularly to immigration staff and other affiliated agencies, to desist from extracting motorists and passengers, ”the Governor said.

Zulum has issued a corresponding order for the arrest of anyone involved in the smuggling of goods across the street, especially those who may want to smuggle food through the bush to deliver them to criminals.

“I have given a corresponding order to the military to arrest anyone involved in the smuggling of goods, particularly by diverting the main road to the bush with food,” Governor Zulum said.

He also pledged his full support to the commander of the theater of “Operation Hadin Kai”, the troops of the 151 and 152 road safety battalion.

Earlier, the commander of the theater, Major General Musa Christopher, thanked Governor Zulum for supporting the army in the fight against the insurgents and vowed to do his best to end terrorism in the region.

General Christopher said the reopening of the roads and the resettlement of IDPs by the current administration spelled the end of Boko Haram, which would be some of the results to be measured during his time in the theater.

After reopening the road, Zulum made an unscheduled visit to Umar Ibn Ibrahim College of Education (UICEST) Bama, where he directed the State Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR), Eng. Mustapha Gubio, to immediately provide student buses and ceiling fans to all classrooms / classrooms.

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