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.
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.
Source : The Punch Newspaper