The increasing spate of intact by members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect is getting deadlier by the day.
After series of attacks in Borno and Adamawa states in the past weeks where hundred of people including women and children, the insurgents are now turning their assault to highly placed government officials.
According to a report by The Nation…
The convoy of Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima was attacked by suspected boko haram members on Sunday evening.
The official vehicle of the state Commissioner of higher education, Alhaji Bello Ayuba was hit by the gun shots fired the gunmen. The engine compartment was destroyed, thereby halting movement and breaking the convoy on their way back from Bama.
According to an eyewitness, Ibrahim Yakubu the gunmen targeted the convoy along Maiduguri-Bama road while they were returning from a condolence visit to the people of Bama and Malari over last Wednesday’s attacks and killings.
“The suspected gunmen narrowly missed the commissioner and his driver, by firing several gunshots into the engine compartment, before convoy soldiers engaged the fleeing suspects into the Sambisa Forests, 30 minutes after the attempted assassination on the Borno official, while returning from Bama yesterday to condole and sympathize with the people. “The gunmen capitalized on the fact that the Governor’s convoy was returning to Maiduguri and started firing at the commissioner’s official vehicle without hitting the commissioner or his driver yesterday,” he said.
The governor however continued with his condolence visit as he stopped by the second village, Malari which had recently been attacked by insurgents believed to be Boko Haram.
He assured the people that he would try his best to rebuild their community, adding that they should not let the attack dampen their mood.
Spokesman of 7th Division of Nigerian Army, Col. Mohammed Dole and Borno State Police Commissioner, Tanko Lawal confirmed the attack.
No one was hurt during the attack.