The Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), Maj-Gen. Christopher Musa has said that the poor states of roads fuel terrorism and banditry in Borno state.
According to him, two major roads on the fringes of Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad region were built in the 1980s without any rehabilitation.
He lamented the state of roads in the state that affect and hinder the ongoing counter-terrorism in the Northeast.
Musa disclosed this, in Maiduguri at the handing and taking over of donated medical equipment for the military hospital of the Maimalari Cantonment.
He said ” The six donated equipment by the North East Development Commission (NEDC) include a haematology analyzer, high profile x-ray machine, an automatic analyzer, a spectrophotometer and electrolyte analyzer.
He also said that the equipment will improve healthcare delivery services of the military hospital; including the treatments of wounded officers and soldiers on the front lines.
On how bad roads fuel terrorism, the Theatre Commander disclosed: “The terrorist’s cash in on the bad roads to plant over 150 Improved Explosive Devices (IEDs) along 330-kilometre Maiduguri/Damboa/Biu and Maiduguri/Monguno roads,”.
According to him, the fixing of roads could overcome 75 per cent of the challenges of the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the state.
The NEDC Managing Director, Mohammed Alkali however said that security has returned to Maiduguri, as the military has improved the security situation in the Maiduguri metropolis.