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Boko Haram attacked Governor Shettima’s convoy; soldier, 4 others killed

Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima

Boko Haram terrorist group on Tuesday ambushed the convoy of the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima.

The incident happened along the Maiduguri-Gambu road while the governor was on his way to campaign in a remote border village.

Report has it that at least five persons including a soldier were killed in the ambush attack.

Governor Shettima who is contesting for a senatorial seat in Borno State was attacked when he got to Logomani, a village located 20km from Dikwa town.

Report has it that the gunmen that attacked the convoy were on two gun trucks. A civilian-JTF said that they initially thought the gunmen were providing security for the government movement.

“They were all dressed as though they were soldiers and they packed their cars by the road side,” the undisclosed civillian-JTF told Premium Times.

The gunmen waited until over half of the vehicles providing security for the governor had passed before they joined the convoy as well.

“We thought they were soldiers and we even waved at them and one of them on the gun trucks waved back at us,” he said.

“The trucks they were driving bore the colour of military vehicles and they were putting on military fatigue.”

After they joined the convoy, they continued to drive alongside other vehicles for about 5km before they suddenly increased speed ahead of the other vehicles behind them.

“We noticed they increased speed and suddenly, the two vehicles spread to the sides of the road and began to open fire on oncoming vehicles.”

“There was thick dust because the road was untarred. Everyone was running for dear life, including we the civillian-JTF.”

The undisclosed source said that the only soldier that was killed was one who repealed the attack to enable people escape into the bush.

Most of the people killed in the attack were civilian-JTF who were coming from behind.

“Three people including the soldier were killed and many persons were also missing.

“About 10 vehicles including patrol trucks of the civillian-JTF were also taken away by the ambushing gunmen.

“Two other corpse were found today (Wednesday) while many of those that went missing, including a permanent secretary, later showed up after wandering in the desert.”

According to report, soldiers had warned the governor and his convoy against going to the border town at late hour for campaign.

The governor and his campaign team wanted to reach the town on Tuesday night and then proceed with his campaign on Wednesday.

“The soldiers initially said they won’t open the way for us to advance because it was 6 p.m. and Boko Haram usually carry out attacks at that time along that axis.

“But the campaign officials insisted that they should be allowed to proceed. A hot argument ensued until the governor later intervened and said the road be opened.

“The soldiers grudgingly opened the barricade leading to Gamboru-Ngala but they did not follow us,” a civilian-JTF revealed.

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