The Nigerian military said on Wednesday that it was clearing remnants of Boko Haram on major road leading to Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
This was disclosed in a statement by the spokesman of the counter-insurgency operation in the North East (Operation Lafiya Dole), Col. Onyema Nwachukwu.
Nwachukwu said there was no truth in media reports that the Maiduguri-Damaturu road was closed to motorists.
The Maiduguri-Damaturu road, is perhaps the only safe road leading into the town and had it been closed the town noted as the birthplace of Boko Haram would severed from the rest of Nigeria by road.
The road in the last one week had become the latest theatre of war between the military and the terrorist group threatening to capture the nation.
The insurgents have however suffered heavy casualties as they have continued to fall under a heavy air and land bombardment of the Nigerian military.
Part of the statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to rumours that the Nigerian Army has closed Maiduguri-Damaturu road. This is not true. What is happening is an ongoing clearance and snap checks operations in the general area required to clear suspected Boko Haram terrorists along that road.
“The clearance operation is ultimately for the safety and security of motorists and other road users.”
He added that: “Members of the public are please advised to cooperate and bear with the troops as they carry out these duties.”