Buhari condemns attack on Zulum's convoy, mourns victims

Nellie Chapman
September 27, 2020

At least 11 security operatives have been confirmed dead in the attack on Friday, the second in as many months on Zulum's convoy within his home state.

The ISIL (ISIS) group, to which a breakaway faction of Nigerian armed group Boko Haram pledged allegiance in 2016, said on its Amaq website that 30 police officers and soldiers were killed in the attack on Friday on a road leading to the strategic fishing town of Baga in Borno state.

A security source quoted by AFP on condition of anonymity said eight policemen, three soldiers, and four members of a government-backed local militia were killed in the attack on the Governor's convoy near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.

An Armoured Personnel Carrier belonging to the police as well as state government vehicles were reportedly hijacked in the attack.

A splinter of the Boko Haram sect, the Islamic State of West Africa Province, is believed to have a stronghold in the area.

Distraught and disappointed, Zulum confronted the army saying, "You have been here for over one year now, there are 1,181 soldiers here; if you can not take over Baga which is less than 5 km from your base, then we should forget about Baga". It is instructive to note that the attack on the governor's convoy happened while he was trying to move some IDPs back to their permanent homes from camps.

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The death toll from a jihadist attack on the convoy of the regional governor in northeast Nigeria has risen to 30, security sources said Saturday.

The governor's convoy was said to have been ambushed while they were journeying to Baga, where Governor Babagana Zulum is expected to receive returning IDPs.

The decade-long insurgency has killed 36,000 people and forced over two million from their homes.

Most of the displaced have been housed into squalid camps where they depend on food handouts from worldwide charities.

ISWAP has become a dominant force in the region in recent years.

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