Barely two days after an ambush on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, he has escaped another ambush by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram.
The latest ambush occurred on Sunday as the governor’s convoy was departing Baga Town in Kukawa Local Government Area of the state.
It will be recalled that at least 15 security personnel had died on Friday in the first ambush on the convoy of the governor which was driving towards Baga town to participate in the official relocation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their reclaimed communities after years of displacement.
Friday’s ambush had been condemned by President Buhari who suggested that the attack was aimed at sabotaging Mr Zulum’s efforts as governor.
According to eyewitness account, the attack on Sunday happened near a village called Cross-Kauwa.
Cross-Kauwa is a few kilometres from a location called Mile-4 where the Nigerian military has its biggest camp in that area.
“As we approached Cross-Kauwa, an explosive believed to be landmine detonated and was immediately followed with the serious firing of guns from all sides,” said a government official who does not want to be named in this report.
“It was so terrifying that some of the security details in the convoy engaged in a brief moment of argument as to whether to make a U-turn and return to Baga or we should charge through. It was later decided that we had to forge on despite the shooting. That was how we charged through the ambush and most of our vehicles had their tyres deflated or riddled with bullets. We did not stop until we got to Monguno town.”
The source said there was no death from Sunday’s failed ambush.
“Thank God there was no death except some few injuries,” another survivor, Sadiq Abubakar, said.
“About three vehicles escaped with shattered windscreens, while the Press Crew bus conveying journalists had flat tyres. A military gun truck was also severely hit, while a soldier sustained a bullet wound on his shoulder.”
The governor and his entourage have since arrived in Maiduguri.