Boko Haram: Nigerian Army construct roads in Sambisa forest
The Nigerian Army says it has commenced road construction into the heartland of Sambisa forest.
The forest is being used as a hideout by Boko Haram terrorists.
Sani Kukasheka, Director of Army Public Relations, in a statement on Wednesday, explained that the development is part of the ongoing clearance operation to dislodge remnants of the sect.
Kukasheka said the army had begun construction of access roads to open the forest and link adjourning communities.
He listed the projects as Gwoza-Yamtake-Bita-Tokumbere-Sambisa and Gwoza-Yamtake-Bita roads.
“In its efforts to make Sambisa forest habitable and also training ground, the Nigerian Army is following up the ongoing clearance operations with road construction into main heartland of the forest and adjoining communities,” Kukasheka said.
“Already, work has commenced in earnest on Gwoza-Yamteke-Bitta road, as well as the reconstruction of the road from Gwoza-Yamteke-Bitta-Tokumbere, leading into Tokum forest.”
Borno government had on Monday restricted vehicular movement on three major roads in the state between January 30 and February 4, to prevent fleeing insurgents from escaping.
The affected roads include Konduga-Bama-Banki, Bama-Gwoza, and Maiduguri-Damboa- Gwoza.