Some gunmen suspected to be members of dreaded Boko Haram sect over the week end planted Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs under the popular Madafuma bridge linking 185km Biu- Damboa- Maiduguri federal road where it exploded and damaged some remarkable portion of the bridge leaving motorists and passengers stranded.
The road which has remained a death trap for the past two years with terrorists ambushing motorists and passengers living hundreds dead with the kidnapping of innocent civilians have to be abandoned as most people of Biu, Garkida, Numan, Shani, Taraba resorted to follow through Gombe state which now took them up to 12 hours instead of normal 3 or 5 hours Journey to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
In less than 10 days ago, there was a massive ambush on the road where the terrorists sacked the 195 Battalion if the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, after killing the Commanding Officer along side a Divisional Police Officer and over 15 soldiers and 6 policemen.
The bombing of the bridge according to Mallam Musa Yakubu took place on Saturday at about 2am when people were asleep.
He said “we heard a loud bang on Saturday and on Sunday morning when we gathered in Madafuma village to go round our surroundings early in the morning, we found out that the bridge linking us with Biu local Government Area and MA Dara Girau has been blown off, all motorists heading to Maiduguri from Biu especially long vehicles had no option than to make u- turn back to Gombe, unfortunately, small vehicles had to manage the remaining thin portion which has not been affected in the blast, but it is very risky”. Yakubu stated.
A trucks loaded with Tubers of yam from Taraba and Benue states according to residents of Biu had to return back to Biu on Sunday and took another road through Gombe- Potiskum- Damaturu- Maiduguri road which they described as a long and hectic journey.