No fewer than three persons, including an aide of the governor identified as Usman Bagidos, were killed, Tuesday evening, as Boko Haram insurgents opened fire on the convoy of Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, who was on his way to a political rally at Gamboru-Ngala.
The attack was said to have occurred as some armed Boko Haram insurgents, in three gun truck vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft guns and motorcycles, laid ambush on the convoy at about 6 pm, and divided the governor’s long convoy into two, raining bullets on vehicles at the back of the convoy.
Among those killed were a soldier and a member of Usman Zannah Campaign Forum, Mallam Baggidos Usmanu, while several others suffered injuries. Scores of people, mainly women, were also said to have been abducted by the insurgents during the attack.
Some members of the Civilian Joint Task Force [CJTF], who were in the convoy, said the governor and the gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, were among other candidates and party supporters in the convoy at the time of the attack.
Gamboru was one of the areas occupied by Boko Haram before it was liberated by tough multinational forces from Chad.