Reports just coming in say Boko Haram militants have taken over the highway leading to Maiduguri and Damaturu, capitals of Borno and Yobe states respectively.
Online newspaper, Premium Times reports that a police officer stationed in one of the villages along the highway, said travellers are being asked to return as the
terrorists have taken over the road between Benisheik (a town 85km away
from Maiduguri) and Ngamdu (35km away from Damaturu).
The officer, who asked that his identity be protected for security
reasons, said the terrorists had attacked Ngamdu village and killed 10
“As I am talking to you now, soldiers are moving towards Benisheik,
while we are here asking motorists to return to Maiduguri until the road
is cleared,” he said.
There is no security checkpoint between Benisheik and Ngamdu, which is about 25km stretch of road.