Following the spate of onslaught by the ferocious Boko Haram insurgents, Nigerian military authorities, has on Friday, returned military checkpoints back to the Federal Capital Territories, FCT, Abuja.
Major roads leading to the metropolis like Gwagwalada and Kuje now have the military checkpoints where vehicles were selectively screened by the armed soldiers.
Information gathered from a military source, traced the return of the checkpoints to the story emanating from the National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) who said there was never a time they were asked to withdraw soldiers from the road.
“You would remember a story coming from the Office of the National Security Adviser that there was never a directive regarding the withdrawal of soldiers from the road and if such a highly placed security officer speaks, it is an order.”
“We all know that we still need those checkpoints to be there, at least to stop the movements of the terrorists who move those suicide bombers from their hideouts near those soft targets they are after. We are not happy having our soldiers on the roads because it affects our manpower, but we have to be there to compliment the police,” the source stated.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the removal of military checkpoints along the nation’s roads, especially in non essential states.