Boko Haram terrorists have attacked the convoy of Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni on Saturday evening.
At least two policemen were killed in the attack, it was learned.
Governor Buni, it was learned, was not on the convoy when the terrorists launched the attack.
The governor’s convoy was attacked along the Jakana-Mainok expressway in Borno State.
The security team was on the convoy that escorted the governor to Maiduguri for the 24th Convocation ceremony of the University of Maiduguri, where Vice President Kashim Shettima was conferred with an honorary doctorate degree.
Governor Buni had stayed behind in Maiduguri preparatory for another trip to Abuja for an official engagement.
The governor’s spokesperson, Mamman Mohammed, said Governor Buni’s security details ran into the ambush.
“They fired some shots, but the security escorting the governor’s official vehicles back to Damaturu exchanged fire with them, but three policemen sustained injuries,” he said.
A security source from the convoy told journalists that while the governor was Boko Haram terrorists target, they also had their eyes on some of the military and police sophisticated weapons and ammunition in the security convoy.
“The terrorists’ target and eyes were on the MRAP and the gun truck that the troops leading the convoy are equipped with. Because their arms and ammunition have been heavily depleted recently and they need new stock with the latest versions, that’s why they attacked the MRAP gun truck and another vehicle conveying the Police and DSS, which were targeted.
“As expected, our ever-prepared troops responded with heavy fire, forcing the terrorists to retreat. Unfortunately, one Police officer paid the supreme price, even as two soldiers, including a driver, three policemen, and a DSS personnel, were injured,” the source told The Punch.