The road from Maiduguri to Damaturu and Damaturu to Potiskum in Borno and Yobe states have reportedly been shut down by Nigerian soldiers.
Malam Nuhu, state Secretary of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, confirmed the act, adding that the action is unconnected with the recent attacks by the Boko Haram.
He further disclosed that, plying the road from December last year and within this new year have been very difficult for travellers.
“It is rather traumatic for drivers and passengers going through the over 200 km stretch between Maiduguri and Potiskum when one is going to Kano, Jos or Abuja or when one is coming back.
The road within this stretch is always a point of long prayers seeking divine intervention as the uncertainty is greater.
“I think if closing the road is to fish out the men threatening travellers, then it is a good idea.
But we do not know their mission yet, however like I said, it may not be unconnected with the ongoing operations in the area.”