The Borno Government on Thursday confirmed that three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on Gov. Kashim Shettima’s convoy on Maiduguri-Gamboru Road.
Backstory: Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communications and Strategy, confirmed the incident in a statement issued in Maiduguri.
Gusau confirmed the killing of three people in the attack when insurgents ambushed some vehicles on the governor’s convoy on Tuesday evening.
The incident occurred when Shettima was out campaigning in the area. The governor has, however, since returned to Maiduguri.
Gusau disclosed that the governor would on Thursday; hold a security meeting with heads of security agencies to get briefs on the incident.
He also reported that Shettima will be paying condolence visits to the families of those who lost their lives in the attack.
He said: “Gov. Kashim Shettima mourns with the deepest thought and heartfelt condolences, the demise of some fellow citizens, brothers, associates and loyal supporters.
“This follows the unfortunate ambush of some vehicles in his convoy by suspected insurgents on Tuesday evening along the road to Gamboru, headquarters of Ngala Local Government Area.
“While the Governor is expecting full security briefing to get accurate information on the incident, the preliminary report on Wednesday confirmed the killing of three persons during the attack,” he said.
Why: Gusau claimed without evidence that the attack was aimed at attracting local and global media attention in order to sustain propaganda and instill fear in citizens and gallant troops.
Strange coincidence: It’s exactly four years since the last time Shettima’s convoy was attacked. In February 2015 as Nigerians prepared for the elections, news came that Shettima’s convoy had been attacked. At the time some people blamed his predecessor, Ali Modu-Sheriff for the attack. Now the two men belong to the same party. Whatever the coincidence, it says a lot about progress in the last four years that such attacks are still happening.