Boko Haram Attacks Borno Governor, Zulum’s Convoy Again
Monguno is north and about 80km drive to Maiduguri, the town hosted thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) mostly from Marte, Baga, Kukawa, Dikwa and other surrounding Local Government Areas.
Zulum had reportedly departed Baga at about 10:30am after a two-day visit to receive indigenes of the town back home after 21 months of exile.
Few kilometres away from Baga, unknown assailants believed to be Boko Haram opened fire on the escort of the governor.
The convoy was being escorted out of Baga by the military who replied the gunshots and cleared the way for the governor.
The attack happened barely 48 hours after Borno State government officials were ambushed on the same route while travelling to Baga to join the governor who had flown in via an Airforce chopper.
Reports had it that sixteen persons were confirmed dead in the ill-fated convoy, however, sources according to AFP, stated that the death toll has risen to 30.
Reacting to the Friday attack, Zulum in an interview in Baga before taking his leave, said that he is saddened by the lives lost and pledged to support their bereaved families.
The governor has since arrived Maiduguri, the capital city after successfully performing the resettlement issue that took him to Baga.
The latest attack is the third one on the governor’s convoy in three months around same location – Baga town.