Gunmen suspected to be terrorist fighters on Friday, opened fire on the convoy of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum.
The attack, which was said to be an ambush, resulted in the killing of 15 security personnel including soldiers and policemen attached to the Governor’s convoy.
A security source quoted by AFP on condition of anonymity said eight policemen, three soldiers, and four members of a government-backed local militia were killed in the attack on the Governor’s convoy near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.
The Jihadist fighters opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as the convoy was passing through a village close to the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force.
“The governor escaped unhurt but 15 security men on the convoy were killed in a fierce battle with the terrorists”, one source said.
H.E. Borno Governor @ProfZulum narrowly escapes deadly convoy assault near Baga; emerges winner of critically acclaimed Zik Prize on the same day.
— APC Nigeria Support (@APCNigeria) September 25, 2020
Governor Zulum according to the reports was on an assessment tour of Baga in preparation for the return of thousands of residents displaced from the town by the jihadists in 2014.
Naija News recalls gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect had in July 2020, attacked the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, in Baga Town.
The governor was reportedly on his way to visit some internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the northern part of Borno when his convoy was attacked.
The attack happened near Monguno while en route to distribute food to displaced residents. Monguno and Baga axis of Borno has been totally cut off from mobile phone services.
Similarly, the Boko Haram terrorists last week, killed a top Commander of the Nigerian Army along with three soldiers in an ambush attack near the town of Damboa in Borno State.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told other World leaders that Nigeria is still fighting Boko Haram terrorists, bandits, and other criminal elements.
This Buhari disclosed in his pre-recorded address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
He, therefore, called for support from the International community in ensuring all forms of banditry and insurgency are overcome.
Specifically, he urged the leaders to take decisive action against the illicit flow of small arms and light weapons.
Source: Naija News