Convoy Attack: Nigerian Army Commiserates With Borno Governor
The Nigerian Army has commiserated with the Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, over the attacks on his convoy last week.
They also commiserated with families of all the fallen heroes (military, police and civilian victims) following the ambush by Boko Haram Terrorists along the Monguno – Kross Kauwa road.
In a statement signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa Colonel on Monday, the Army reassured the nation of its determination and commitment to the successful prosecution of the war on terror in Nigeria.
The Army also commended the army for the ongoing efforts by the governor, to relocate displaced persons in Borno, back to their ancestral homes.
“Indeed His Excellency’s efforts are commendable and the right step in the desired direction,” Colonel Musa said.
“As a patriotic and key agency in the war on terror in the North-East Nigeria, the NA will continue to do everything possible to ensure the successful actualization of the governor’s desire and hereby declares its unflinching commitment to the relocation of the Internally Displaced Persons to their original abodes.
“In this regard, the Theatre Command has been directed to do all it takes to ensure the successful and seamless relocation of the affected people in the state.
“The relocation of these law-abiding Nigerians to their towns, villages and homes at this stage of the war against insurgency is highly strategic and a decisive political decision required to actualize both the political and military objectives of the war towards the ultimate endstate of restoring peace and stability to Borno State and NE region”.
The governor’s convoy came under attack on Sunday, while on his way out of Baga.
Zulum had departed Baga at about 10:30 am after a two-day visit to receive indigenes of the town back home after 21 months of exile.
Few kilometres away from Baga, unknown assailants believed to be members of the Boko Haram opened fire on the escort of the governor.
The convoy was being escorted out of Baga by the military who replied the gunshots and cleared the way for the governor.
The attack happened barely 48 hours after Borno State Government officials were ambushed on the same route while travelling to Baga to join the governor who had flown in via an Air Force chopper.
At least sixteen persons were confirmed dead while the whereabouts of an unspecified number of people can still not be accounted for.