Fighters said to be members of the Islamic State group Friday night nearly killed the Governor of Borno state, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.
According to a story first published by APF, the terrorists who attacked the governor by opening fire on his convoy killed not less than 15 of his aides including soldiers, policemen and others.
It stated that the governor’s convoy ran into an ambush by the jihadists, and listed those that were killed to include, eight policemen, three soldiers, and four members of a government-backed militia.
“The insurgents opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as the convoy was passing through a village close to the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force, a military coalition of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon,” APF reported.
Zulum was said to be on an assessment tour of Baga in preparation for the return of thousands of residents displaced from the town by the jihadists in 2014, the sources said.
The governor flew on a helicopter into the garrison town of Monguno, 60 kilometres (40 miles) away, and headed to Baga in a convoy under tight security, one source said.
The IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group maintains most of its camps on islands in Lake Chad and the region is known as a bastion for the jihadists.
In July Zulum’s convoy came under gun attack from ISWAP outside Baga, forcing him to cancel his trip to the town.