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In Borno Army re-opens Madagali-Gwoza road after Boko Haram's defeat

Irabor, however, said that the several other roads will remain closed pending when the security situation improved.

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Chief of Army staff, Major General TY Buratai

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The Nigerian Army announced on Sunday that it had re-opened the Madagali-Gwoza road linking Borno and Adamawa, closed several months ago due to the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents.

Maj-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this when he received a delegation from the House of Representatives Committee on Defence in his office in Maiduguri.

Irabor explained that the road was re-opened to allow for humanitarian services for victims of insurgency in the area.

``We have re-opened the road some days now.

``The only thing is that we have not officially announced the re-opening in the media,'' he said.

Irabor said that the army decided to re-open the road following improvement in the security situation in the area.

``We do not re-open road because of protests or complaints.

``But we look at the situation from the security view, in the last couple of days social and commercial activities have begun to pick up around Gwoza.

``So we decided that re-opening the road will further help to boost the situation,'' he said.

Irabor, however, said that the several other roads will remain closed pending when the security situation improved.

``Other roads like Mafa-Gamboru-Ngala are still closed, so also is Mafa-Gajiran and Maiduguri-Dikwa road among others.

``They will remain closed pending when the situation improves greatly,'' he said.

The leader of the delegation, Alhaji Aliyu Isa, said that the visit was as a result of the House of Representatives resolution.

He said that the House mandated the committee to investigate the continued closure of the Madagali-Gwoza road by the military.

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