Borno governor’s convoy was ambushed on Friday by members of Boko Haram, who killed at least 18 people, including eight police officers, six soldiers, and four operatives of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).
The convoy was at Korochara, between Monguno and Baga, Kukawa Local Government Area, about 150 kilometres from the state capital, Maiduguri, at the time of the incident.
The state governor, Babagana Zulum, survived the attack as he had opted to travel using a helicopter.
According to a source within the government house, the trip was to make preparations for the return of internally displaced persons from Maiduguri to the camps in Baga.
The governor’s convoy was similarly attacked two months ago in Baga.
“You people said there is no Boko Haram here, then who attacked us?” Zulum questioned the military personnel following the incident. “You have been here for over one year now, there are 1,181 soldiers here, if you cannot take over Baga which is less than 5km from your base, then we should forget about Baga.”
In July, about 20 soldiers stationed in the town were killed by insurgents. The following month, on August 10, “several” military personnel were again killed during an ambush by Boko Haram fighters.