The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum on Sunday, November 22, denied reports that there was a fresh attack on his convoy by fighters belonging to Boko Haram.
Zulum’s spokesman, Isa Gusau made this disclosure; in response to a report by an online news medium; claiming that the insurgents, on Saturday, ambushed an advance team of the governor at Ja’alta along Gajiram-Monguno Road; killing seven soldiers and members of Civilian-JTF.
Gusau, in the statement on Sunday, said the governor traveled to Baga, spent a day supervising the distribution of food and other relief to thousands of residents; and also returned to Maiduguri safely with no hitch whatsoever.
According to the statement: “For the record, we write to quickly clarify that contrary to a “breaking news” by an online news medium, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum was neither attacked nor was any component of his convoy attacked by anyone.
“The governor was actually in Baga from Saturday to Sunday; during which he supervised the distribution of food and cash support to 5,000 residents; and he assessed major reconstruction and resettlement efforts with no hitch whatsoever.
“While we continually accord respect to all media organizations as supportive partners; we importantly clarify that we have no knowledge of the breaking news” in question.
“As members of the public can testify, it is the culture and principle of Professor Zulum to say things as they are; and in this case, it is what it is – no attack whatsoever
“Any media organization that wants further clarification may wish to contact the Nigerian military. Meanwhile, Governor Zulum appreciates all well-wishers; and he gratefully commends the armed forces and civilian volunteers; for the relentless efforts to fully regain lasting peace in Borno State.”