The Nigerian Army has said that the Damaturu-Biu road linking Yobe and Borno States in the North-Eastern part of the country which insurgents had littered with landmines had been cleared.
The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, obtained by the Street Journal, said the road was safe for travelers to ply.
Usman said that, in addition to the removal of the mines, troops had also put in place security measures to ensure adequate safety for road users on the axis.
He therefore, enjoined commuters to feel free to use the road, while giving assurance that adequate security was being provided.
Usman also adviced the public to be more security conscious and report any suspicious persons and movements to the security agents for prompt action.
The statement reads in part: “Good morning, please inform the public that Damaturu-Biu road has been cleared of mines.
“This was done by a team of Nigerian Army Special Forces, Explosives Ordinance Devices with support from the Nigeria Police and local vigilante.”
It specifically stated that four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by the suspected Boko Haram terrorists on the highway were discovered and successfully detonated.