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Bad roads in North East stifle military operations, says CDS

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Nigerian Army soldiers are seen driving on a military vehicle in Ngamdu, Nigeria, on November 3, 2020. (Photo by Audu Marte / AFP)

The Chief of Defence Staff, Maj-Gen. Lucky Irabor, has said that bad roads stifle military operations in the North East region of the country.

Irabor raised the alarm at the weekend in Maiduguri, when he visited the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, for a royal blessing in the counter-terrorism operations.

The General, who led the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), RAdm. Auwal Gambo; and Chief of Air Staff, Isiaka Amao, to the Shehu’s palace, said: “Until there is adequate provision for the prosecution of the ongoing conflict, it would be difficult to achieve the needed success.

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“Assessing the road network is the issue and this is not the job of the Operation Lafiya Dole. There cannot be good governance without a good road network.”

The former COAS, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd.) had also lamented the poor state of roads in Borno.

He had told journalists at the Monguno military barracks in 2018 that good roads in the theatre of war could reduce time of response to various attacks on communities, adding that insurgents also cash in on the bad roads to attack and kidnap motorists.

In December last year, over 60 people were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists along the 40km Maiduguri/Jakana road.

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