Update Post: November 30, 2023 5:43 pm
Military opens up on deadly terrorists’ attack on Yobe governor’s convoy
File: Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni
Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun
By Sumaila Ogbaje
Nigerian military has opened up on how troops averted terrorsists attack on the convoy Governor Mai Buni of Yobe State while returning to Damaturu from Maiduguri, about six kilometers from Benesheikh town on Saturday.
Governor Buni was not in the convoy when it was ambushed by the terrorists.
However, the Secretary to the State Government and some other top government officials who were in the convoy escaped unhurt while a policeman who was hit by bullets later died.
Giving more insights into the incident on Monday, the Defence Headquarters said troops of 29 Task Force Brigade foiled the attack by the terrorists in a statement by the Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba.
Buba added that that the troops also recovered the two vehicles affected in the incident.
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He said one military truck driver, four police escorts and one DSS operative wounded in the attack were in stable condition.
According to him, one of the injured police escorts died shortly on arrival at the Specialists Hospital Damaturu.
“Reinforcement of troops from 29 Task Force Brigade led by the Brigade Commander are conducting fighting patrol in the area to locate the terrorists who carried out the dastardly act.
“The two vehicles affected in the incident include one military MRAP and one civilian escort vehicle whose tyres were shot at during the incident, have been safely recovered to the military camp at Benisheikh.
“Operations are ongoing to hunt and destroy the terrorists that perpetrated the attack,” he said.