The convoy of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, was on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, attacked by suspected terrorists while on his way to distribute relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Monguno Local Government of the North East Nigerian state, SaharaReporters reports.
Sources disclosed that Zulum’s convoy was ambushed by the Boko Haram splinter group-the Islamic State in West Africa Province, ISWAP, while heading to Baga town.
Fortunately, the Governor escaped unhurt and continued his journey to distribute the relief materials.
“The convoy of the Borno State Governor Prof Zulum was attacked in Baga this evening by a suspected Boko Haram, ISWAP unit. Prof Zulum is unhurt and continued to the ancient town of Monguno to distribute relief materials to IDPs. See something say something,” David Otto, a counter-terrorism expert disclosed.
The information about the attack is still sketchy and the motive behind the ambush unclear but sources say “ISWAP and Boko Haram factions are in desperate need of food and medication to feed their fighters and treat their wounded”.
They also said to oppose the relocation of IDPs which the governor strongly promotes as a peacebuilding initiative.
There is no official statement confirming the incident yet either from the military or the Borno State government.