Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Major Nigeria road closed over Boko Haram attacks reopens

20 July 2015, 06:56

Maiduguri - The military on Sunday re-opened a major road in northeast Yobe state closed more than a year ago for demining after Boko Haram insurgents launched deadly attacks on motorists.

Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said the road between Damaturu, capital of Yobe state and Biu, a major commercial centre in Borno state, had been cleared of mines by special forces, backed by police and vigilantes engaged in the fight against Boko Haram.

During the demining operation, four improvised explosives devices "planted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists were discovered and successfully detonated," Usman said.

The reopening of the thoroughfare came in a week in which three girls staged suicide bombings in Damaturu, killing at least 13 people on Friday as residents prepared for the Eid festival at the end of Ramadan, police said.

Also Read: Suicide bombs kill 64 in Gombe State

Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in the northeast have been the chief victims of Boko Haram's bloody campaign for a hardline Islamic caliphate, which has left 15,000 people dead and 1.5 million homeless since 2009.

Meanwhile, the Borno state government on Sunday relaxed a curfew it imposed two days ago in the state capital, Maiduguri and lifted a ban on the movement of vehicles.

The ban, imposed on Friday as Muslims observed the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Ramadan fasting period, aimed to forestall attacks by Boko Haram, the secretary to the state government, Judea Abba Shuwa, said in a statement.

"From 6:00 am (0500 GMT) today (Sunday), the curfew has been reverted to what it used to be", that is from 9:30 pm to 6:00 am, he said.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...