No fewer than six security personnel attached to the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, were injured in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram fighters while returning to the state from Borno.
A counter-insurgency publication focused on the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama said the terrorists fired at the security operatives on the convoy of the governor on Saturday along the Jakana-Mainok expressway.
Buni was in Maiduguri, capital of Borno, earlier on Saturday, where he joined other dignitaries to attend the 24th combined convocation ceremony of the University of Maiduguri.
Zagazola Makama said the governor left for Abuja after the incident through the Nigerian Air Force base in Maiduguri while the attacked convoy returned to Damaturu, Yobe State capital.
The publication quoted military sources as saying the governor’s security details with MRAP, a gun truck and another vehicle conveying the police operatives and those of the Department of State Services was shot at by the insurgents.
The sources said the security details responded with “heavy fire”, forcing the terrorists to retreat.
“However, two soldiers, a driver and four policemen were wounded. Terrorists casualties were unconfirmed,” Zagazola Makama said.
Zagazola Makama said the security operatives returned safely to Yobe while the wounded personnel have been taken to the hospital for treatment.