Borno Gov Zulum escapes death for the second time as Boko Haram attacks convoy

Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly attacked the convoy of Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum on Sunday morning.

This is coming barely 24 hours after WITHIN NIGERIA reported that an ambush on the convoy of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum on Friday left about 15 persons dead.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the latest attack on the governor recorded no death and it happened when the convoy was returning to Maiduguri.

It was further learnt that the attack happened around 10.30 am on Sunday, about two kilometers away from Baga.

Sources disclosed that the convoy of the people who returned to Maiduguri on Sunday evening from the tour, was shot at by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

One of them, said, “There was no death recorded this time around except some minor injuries.

“The windscreen of some vehicles was shattered, some vehicles had their tyres busted by gunshots, including the Government House Press Crew bus.

“The military gun truck was also shot at and a soldier had his shoulder scalded with a gunshot.”

Baga town was displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents 21 months ago, with most of the residents taking refuge in Monguno and Maiduguri.

Zulum was on an assessment tour of Baga in preparation for the return of thousands of residents displaced from the town by the jihadists in 2014.

Recall that the governor’s convoy in July was heavily attacked by ISWAP outside Baga, forcing him to cancel his trip to the town.

Few days ago, a Nigerian army commander alongside three soldiers were killed by the group in an ambush near the town of Damboa.

The jihadists set up daily checkpoints, robbing, killing and abducting passengers, Civilians plying the highway linking Monguno and the regional capital Maiduguri revealed.

AFP reports indicated that the decade-long insurgency in northeast Nigeria has killed 36,000 people and forced over 2 million from their homes.

Most of the displaced have been housed into squalid camps where they depend on food handouts from international charities.

Local authorities have been encouraging the displaced to go back to the homes despite concern from aid agencies of the security risks to which the returnees would be exposed.


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