The Nigerian Army has launched an investigation into the attack on Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum’s convoy by Boko Haram terrorists.
The insurgents on Wednesday opened fire on his convoy which made the governor to abort his trip to Baga.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, in a statement said “the convoy of the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum came under Boko Haram terrorist fire while visiting Baga town on July 29. He had earlier paid a visit to the commander, 19 Brigade at the Nigerian Army Super Camp Baga where he was fully briefed about the prevailing security situation in the general area.’’
He further explained: “The unfortunate incident occurred shortly after the governor and his entourage departed the super camp to visit other parts of Baga town. The incident forced the governor to abort his planned movement to Baga.
“Although, details of the unfortunate incident are sketchy and under investigation, efforts are ongoing to comb the area where the incident occurred with a view to track down and deal decisively with the attackers. An investigation is also in progress to identify the circumstances that led to the attack.
“Regrettably, this is an isolated and most unfortunate incident that occurred in a territory where normalcy has since been restored with socio-economic activities picking up. The Nigerian Army wants to reassure the general public that this will be interrogated with a view to forestalling future re-occurrence.’’
The army reiterated its commitment to discharge its responsibilities professionally with respect for the fundamental human rights of all Nigerians and in compliance with the extant rules of engagement.