Gov Shettima escapes B’Haram ambush, 2 dead


Matthew Denis with Agency Report

At least one soldier and two civilians were yesterday feared dead when Boko Haram fighters ambushed the convoy of Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima during a campaign in Borno North.

A credible source from the convoy confirmed the incident during Channels TV news last night.

The source said Shettima’s convoy was attacked along Gajibo in Dikwa Local Government of Borno State.

The source revealed that the governor escaped unhurt because the incident occurred at the tail end of the long convoy when Shettima and others were said to have driven past before the attack.

“It’s very unfortunate that the Boko Haram boys took advantage of the long convoy and attacked at the end of the convoy. By the time the incident happened, the Governor had already passed,” he explained.

Speaking on fatality, the source disclosed: “Only three people died – one soldier and two civilians. We are just returning into Maiduguri now,” he said.

Another competent security source confirmed the casualty as three, adding that many persons also sustained various degrees of injuries in the attack.

“The Governor and other top politicians escaped unhurt. But many other persons were injured,” the sources informed.

However, the Special Adviser, Media and Strategy to the Borno State Governor, Malam Isa Gusau could not be reached for comment at the time of filing thiss report.

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