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On Wednesday, the convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State was attacked on Wednesday by terrorist sect, Boko Haram, along the Baga highway, in the northern part of the troubled state, TopNaija reports.
The area is believed to be dangerous and has recorded many abductions by the terrorist group in recent times. It was on the same axis that five aid workers, who were killed about a week ago, were abducted in June this year. A splinter of the Boko Haram sect, the Islamic State of West Africa Province, is believed to have a stronghold in the area.
The governor was seen leaving the state capital Maiduguri on Monday to personally oversee the distribution of palliatives to internally displaced persons in some local governments. Zulum had left with a convoy with the intention to give palliatives to the IDPs to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir. A member of the Civilian Joint Task Force told our correspondent that the governor’s convoy ran into an ambush on Baga road on Wednesday evening.
The source said, “Glory be to God. Governor’s convoy was intercepted gunmen along the Baga road. “Fortunately, the convoy cleared them with two vigilantes and a policeman wounded. The convoy have since returned to Monguno town.”
The information about the attack is still sketchy and the motive behind the ambush unclear as of the time of filing this report. Attempts to reach the spokesman for the governor, Isa Gusau, and the Borno State Commissioner for Information, Babakura Abba-Jatto did not pick their calls or reply to messages sent to their mobiles.
On October 1, 2018, he won the gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressive Congress for Borno State. Professor Babagana was elected to the Office of the Governor of Borno State at the 2019 governorship election held on March 9, 2019 with 1175440 votes. Zulum’s convoy was earlier attacked by Boko Haram insurgents on July 29, 2020 on Maiduguri-Damaturu highway, as five people were killed including three policemen.
TopNaija gathered that Zulum had not returned to Maiduguri, the state capital, as of 9:30pm on Wednesday. But Mohammed Mai Bukar, one of the governor’s aides, assured residents that he is safe. In a Facebook post, Bukar wrote: “To Our Concerned citizens H.E Prof.Zulum and His Entourage are all fine and there was (were) no casualties. Thanks!”
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