Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, head of Nigeria’s counter-insurgency operation in the Northeast, has on Monday ordered that the Maiduguri gate situated at the Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway be closed at 4 pm instead of 5 pm.
Major General Olusegun, who is also the Theatre Commander of Operation, Lafiya Dole, has blamed motorists for the attack that took place on Sunday night in Auno community, a neighbouring village to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
That attack saw Boko Haram insurgents reportedly killed about 30 persons and burnt several cars, buses and trucks.
According to Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, who addressed a press conference on Monday, he insisted that 10 persons were killed in contrast to the 30 corpses which the residents of Auno community had initially counted.
The Army General insisted that it has become dangerous to ‘ply and park vehicles’ along Maiduguri/Damaturu Road between 4 pm and night.
“We don’t want to see vehicles on this road between evening and night hours”, he said, wondering why motorists and truck drivers should park over 200 vehicles at Auno.
“Yesterday (Sunday), Boko Haram came with 15 gun trucks along Maiduguri/Gubio Road and in two minutes, they kidnapped three students of the Government College, Maiduguri.
“The insurgents quickly fled the road but Lt. Col. I. Yusuf mobilised other soldiers and pursued the terrorists.”
During the faceoff against the insurgents, troops competently rescued the three students without any harm coming to them.
The Army General, however, warned school authorities to advise their students against wearing school uniforms on Sundays in the affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, as the school uniforms will make them vulnerable to terrorists and kidnappers.
Adeniyi warned motorists that the closure of the road was meant to prevent Boko Haram insurgents from attacking commuters and communities along the 132-kilometre highway.
He stated that the attack at Auno was due to the excesses of drivers and transporters.