No fewer than three persons were killed on Tuesday as Boko Haram terrorists ambushed the convoy of Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State.
The governor who is contesting for a senatorial seat in Saturday election was on a campaign trip to Gamboru Ngala in the state when his convoy was attacked.
Three persons, including a soldier, were killed by the terrorists who took away the last six cars in the convoy away.
The governor had passed before the insurgents who took advantage of the dust from desert area launched the attack.
The information about the attack was not known to the team that had passed before the attack until late in the night as those behind were thought to have also joined the rally which had already started at the time they got there.
An account of the incident as relayed by the media team of the governor reads:
“Six vehicles in Governor Kashim Shettima’s convoy were on Tuesday evening ambushed by Boko Haram fighters along the road to a border town of Gamboru, headquarters of Ngala local government area of Borno State. Three persons died while a soldier sustained injuries.
“Other persons fled and escaped unhurt. The insurgents carted away the six vehicles they attacked. The vehicles were the last part of the Governor’s convoy on their way to a political rally.
“Governor had passed before the insurgents who took advantage of the dust from desert area to launch attack. Information about the attack wasn’t confirmed until late night as those behind were thought to have also joined the rally since the convoy drove into the rally.
“The Governor passed the night in Gamboru after the rally. Gamboru was one of the areas occupied by Boko Haram before it was liberated by tough multinational forces from Chad.
“The Governor had departed Maiduguri on Tuesday morning, stopped over in Mafa and Dikwa local government areas for campaign rallies.
“On his way back on Wednesday, he stopped in Dikwa to meet with military commands over the attack. He returned to Maiduguri past 7pm on Wednesday.”