Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway Taken Over By Boko Haram, Kill Villagers

Despite relocation of military high command to Maiduguri on orders of President Muhammadu Buhari as a measure to end wanton killing of innocent Nigerians, reports have emerged, indicating, that the more emboldened Boko Haram insurgents have taken over the Maiduguri-Damaturu expressway, after attacking Ngamdu village and killed 10 persons in the community.

Travellers on the route were being asked to return as the terrorists have taken over a portion of the highway between Benisheik, a town 85km away from Maiduguri and Ngamdu, 35km away from Damaturu.

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According to reports, there were no security checkpoints between Benisheik and Ngamdu, which is about 25km stretch of road.

“As I am talking to you now, soldiers are moving towards Benisheik, while we are here asking motorists to return to Maiduguri until the road is cleared,” a police officer, stationed in one of the villages in the area was quoted by Premium Times.

Boko Haram militants had early June launched a renewed attack on Maiduguri, just days after the military repelled an assault on the Borno State capital city.

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