Mai Mala Buni
Mai Mala Buni

Boko Haram ambushes Nigeria's top official's convoy

One policeman feared killed and three others injured as Boko Haram terrorists ambushed the convoy of Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, on a major highway in neighbouring Borno State, survivors said.


The convoy, comprising aides to the governor, protocol men, press crew and security details were returning from Maiduguri, when they ran into an ambush of terrorists around Mainok Saturday evening.

The incident happened at about 6:30pm as Boko Haram opened fire on the police escorts, survivors disclosed.

Earlier, Gov Buni had attended the 24th Convocation ceremony of the University of Maiduguri and conferment of honorary doctorate degree on Vice President Kashim Shettima.

He departed Maiduguri Airport with the VP and other signatories at about 5:30pm while his convoy proceed to Damaturu, some 120 kilometres away, before the ambush.

The Maiduguri-Damaturu highway is believed to be volatile at dusk as terrorists could take the advantage of darkness to attack. In recent time, it usually gets dark in northeast by 6pm.

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