FG Reopens Maiduguri Airport

Maiduguri Airport

Alhaji Umar Mustapha, the Borno state deputy governor, announced on tuesday that the federal government has reopened Maiduguri International Airport for commercial activities.

Our correspondent states that, Mustapha disclosed to newsmen he had received a letter from the Chief of Air Staff in this regard.

“I am happy to inform you that Maiduguri airport has been reopened. We have received a letter from the Chief of Air Force to that effect. In fact, a commercial airline has indicated interest to start to fly on Friday,” he confirmed.

Mustapha sees the new development as the beginning of reprieve for the people of the state. He is also hopeful it will strengthen the renewed efforts by the Nigerian military to crush Boko Haram insurgency in the area.

He, however, appealed to the people of the state to support the military in their counter-insurgency operation‎

On December 2, 2013, the airport was shut down due to a deadly attack on a military base and air force base near the airport. Since the attack took place, the airport has been strictly limited to official uses.

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