By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos/
BARELY 24 hours after the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum was attacked by a gang of heavily armed Boko Haram insurgents on Friday, killing 30 security operatives and civilians alike; another attack was again launched at the Governor’s convoy Sunday injuring a soldier. This is even as the Inspector General of Police IGP M.A. Adamu had condemned the Friday September 25, 2020 attack on the Governor; maintaining that the morale of the Police remains high in spite of the deadly attack that claimed the lives of about 18 Policemen on the Governor’s convoy. The latest attack which though, recorded no death sources said occurred on Sunday when the governor was on his way back to Maiduguri from Baga at about 10.15 am about 2 kilometers from the IDPs camp having resettled some IDPs in Baga town. According to a security sources, the governor had on Sunday before the attack resettled 521 households displaced from Baga as part of the government plan at restoring normal life in parts of the North-East, which had over time, been seized by the Boko Haram insurgents; stressing that he later went to Monguno en route to Maiduguri, where he also addressed about 500 IDPs at Baga-Cross Kauwa-Kukawa checkpoint gate. CrimeWorld was told by one of the security sources that “The attack on Sunday recorded no death, only some minor injuries even though the windscreen of some vehicle were scattered while some vehicles including the Governor’s press crew had their tyres burst by the terrorists bullets. The attackers also fired severally at the military gun truck where a soldier sustained gunshot wounds.”
Earlier, the IGP Adamu had in a statement signed by the Force PRO DCP Frank Mba and made available to CrimeWorld condemned the Friday attack on the Governor’s convoy assuring that the morale of the Policemen and other security personnel remains high despite the gruesome attack. “The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu has condemned the attack on a security convoy in Borno State by armed men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists. It would be recalled that the convoy came under attack on Friday 25th September, 2020 along Monguno – Cross Kawua road as it was heading to the ancient town of Baga, as part of collective efforts at restoring civil authority in the community. The IGP has also directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the Police Medical Services, Olubunmi Ogunsanwo to work in sync with the Commissioner of Police, Borno State Command CP Bello Makwashi and the Police Health Maintenance Organization HMO towards ensuring adequate provision of Medicare for the officers injured during the attack. While condoling the families and friends of those killed during the attack, the IGP reassures the country, particularly the people of Borno State that the morale of Police officers and other security agencies involved in providing security especially in the State has not and will not be dampened by the incident. Rather, the incident has further served as impetus in strengthening the resolve and commitment of the personnel of the Force in the fight against insurgency and other crimes. The IGP therefore calls for the continuous support and trust of the public in the Nigeria Police Force as it strives to make the country safer and more secure”
Already, the Governor has cried out that it was clear the terrorists have reinvigorated that their plans to take over Borno state calling on the federal government and his colleagues on the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC to entreat on relevant departments for a re-enforcement of security personnel deployed to the state.
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