5 Feared Dead as Boko Haram Attacks Governor Zulum’s Convoy

A convoy of the Borno State Government conveying government officials has reportedly been attacked near Monguno town in Borno.

The car conveying the officials were ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists on Friday on the way to Baga, where Governor Babagana Zulum was to receive returning IDPs.

While the true casualty figures could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report, sources suggest that a minimum of five security personnel may have been killed in the ambush.

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The casualties are suggested to include personnel of the police, military, and an unspecified number of civilians.

Also, an Armoured Personnel Carrier belonging to the police as well as state government vehicles were reportedly hijacked in the attack.

Governor Zulum had earlier flown to Baga in an Airforce chopper and performed Friday prayers with troops.

Friday’s attack is the second of its kind and has stired up great concern in the state.

Recall that the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, narrowly escaped a terror attack in Baga town earlier in July.

Governor Zulum had departed Maiduguri, the state capital for the northern part of the state in continuation of a food distribution programme, and a few kilometers to the town, gunmen opened fire on the governor and his entourage.

A distraughted Zulum fired his disappointment at the military over it’s inability to clear Baga and environs of terrorists.

“You have been here for over one year now, there are 1,181 soldiers here; if you cannot take over Baga which is less than 5 km from your base, then we should forget about Baga. I will inform the Chief of Army Staff to redeploy the men to other places that they can be useful,” Zulum had said.

Zulum insisted that there is a sabotage in the system that is depriving insurgency to come to an end in the North East.

He further claimed that some elements are trying to frustrate the effort of the government in ending the insurgency, stressing that “President Muhammadu Buhari needs to know the truth”.

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Written by Tare Magbei

Tare Magbei is a media practitioner with Daily Report Nigeria.

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