Borno State Governor Escapes Second Insurgents Attack 

…IGP, PDP Reacts

Moses Ofodeme

For the second time the convoy of the Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, came under serious attack from suspected Boko Haram fighters on Sunday morning, September 27.

The insurgents on Friday killed 30 persons including security personnel during the earlier attack on Governor Zulum’s convoy along Monguno-Baga Road.

The latest attack occurred when Zulum was returning to Maiduguri, the  state capital.

However, no casualty was recorded in the incident.

Some of the people that returned with Zulum to Maiduguri confirmed the attack to journalists.

They said the convoy was attacked by the terrorists about two kilometers away from Baga.

“There was no death recorded this time around except for some minor injuries.

“The windscreen of some vehicles was shattered. Some vehicles had their tyres destroyed 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,” a member of the government team said.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned Friday’s fresh attacks on the convoy of Borno state Governor, Babagana Zulum, by insurgents; resulting in the killing of some security operatives attached to the governor.

The party condemned the attack in a statement issued on Sunday, Sunday 27, in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan.

Ologbondiyan said that the repeated attacks on the governor; as well as the rising wave of terrorist attacks; reinforced apprehensions of security compromises and lapses in the country.

He said the repeated attacks on the governor also stressed the need to immediately rejig the nation’s security apparatchik’.

“This is particularly with Gov. Zulum’s insistence; that the security architecture in the North-East axis is being compromised.

“Our party is alarmed by the frightening situation where insurgents now have the temerity of repeated attacks on the armed convoy of a state governor.

“This highlights the nightmare being witnessed by ordinary compatriots; as soft targets, in various troubled areas across our dear nation.

“The PDP restates our call to president Muhammadu Buhari to heed the call by well-meaning Nigerians, including the two chambers of the National Assembly, to immediately rejig the nation’s security apparatchik.

“Mr President should rejig the nation’s security apparatchik by replacing his service chiefs with fresh hands; to effectively confront the security challenges facing our nation,” he said.

Ologbondiyan commiserated with Zulum as well as the families of the victims of these incessant attacks and urged the governor not to be deterred.

“The PDP also salutes the gallantry of our troops fighting in the fronts in spite of the odds; and urged Nigerians to remain prayerful and alert in this trying time,” he said.

Also, the Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has condemned the attack on a security convoy in Borno by armed men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

The I-G condoled with the families and friends of those killed during the attack.

Mohammed had directed the Police Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO) to provide adequate medicare to the officers who sustained injury during the attack.

Adamu said that the morale of police officers and other security agencies involved in providing security; especially in Borno, had not and would not be dampened by the incident.

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