EXCLUSIVE: Sambisa forest: Bama is now peaceful – Army
Emmanuel Bagudu, Maiduguri
The Nigerian army on Monday said peace has finally been restored in Bama Local Government Area, the host of Sambisa Forest, an enclave of the Boko Haram insurgent.
With an assist from the 21 special Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army, TNG correspondent Emmanuel Bagudu visited Bama LGA, other communities in Maiduguri to get the first-hand experience of how people live in the one-time hotbed of Boko Haram activities in Nigeria.
Speaking with TNG, Brig-Gen Garba Audu, Commander, 21 Special Armoured Brigade in Bama, said after being sent out of their land by insurgents, citizens of Bama returned in April 2018 after thorough operations by the Nigerian Army which curbed the nefarious of the insurgents
According to Brig Gen Audu, Bama is just 59 kilometres from Cameroun and has a straight road leading to Adamawa, Taraba and to the Eastern Part of the country.
He said this has made the local government very strategic which implies that the responsibilities of the Army in Bama is very huge.
“We don’t take anything for granted here, we give escorts to everyone, we have specialists that scan the roads every day to get rid of Improvised explosive devices (IED), this has made Bama very peaceful and serene,” Audu said.
He added that the 21 special armoured brigades having been empowered by the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai was able to provide health services to the citizens.