Six killed as Boko Haram attacks Borno Gov’s convoy
No fewer than six persons were killed, Tuesday evening, as Boko Haram insurgents opened fire on the convoy of Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, who was on his way to a political rally at Gamboru-Ngala.
The attack was said to have occurred as some armed Boko Haram insurgents in three gun truck vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft guns and motorcycles laid ambush on the convoy at about 6 pm, and divided the governor’s long convoy into two, raining bullets on vehicles at the back of the convoy.
Among those killed were a soldier and a member of Usman Zannah Campaign Forum, Mallam Baggidos Usmanu, while several others suffered injuries. Scores of people, mainly women, were also said to have been abducted by the insurgents during the attack. Usman Zannah is candidate for Magumeri, Gubio and Kaga Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Saturday’s elections.
Some members of the Civilian Joint Task Force , CJTF, who were in the convoy, but returned to Maiduguri at about 6:25pm on yesterday, confirmed the deadly ambush on the governor’s convoy. The CJTF operatives, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attack took place on Tuesday evening between Gajibo Village and Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area, a border community with Cameron Republic. They said the governor and the gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, were among other candidates and party supporters in the convoy at the time of the attack.
A CJTF source said: “We were involved in Boko Haram ambush when we were escorting the governor to Ngala yesterday (Tuesday) evening. “Unfortunately, two people were killed instantly, but other corpses were recovered in the area of the attack while we were returning after the campaign/rally.
“Also, a soldier (names withheld) who fought gallantry to repel the attack was shot in his head and he died. “Many people, suspected to be supporters of the APC, including women and youths, were abducted or are still missing. The attackers also went away with one of our Hilux operational vehicle of Sector 9 during the attack.”
The governor is also a senatorial candidate, whose district includes Gamboru Ngala. The town is about 160km from Maiduguri, the state capital and a stone-throw to Kala Balge, where a number of humanitarian workers, security operatives and civilians were killed and abducted during series of Boko Haram attacks.