08/03/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – On Monday, July 27th, the governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, and his convoy were attacked in an ambush by Boko Haram. The incident took place while Governor Zulum was returning from Baga, a deserted fishing community in Kaka local government area, Borno State where he went to distribute food to IDPs. Several sources spoke and confirmed to Premium Times (Nigerian newspaper) that the governor was not hurt because soldiers and police officers who were guarding him resisted the assault on the convoy. A government source told Premium Times that, “it happened, but I’m sorry I cannot give details on this because the relevant officials are still digging to get more details of the attack. I can assure you that the governor is unhurt, and that includes everyone in the convoy.”
Additionally, some officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) ran into an ambush by Boko Haram on the Maiduguri-Monguno road. Reports stated that an unknown number of humanitarian staffers of SEMA were abducted by the attackers. Last week, Boko Haram had executed five aid workers over an alleged failure by the government to pay a ransom. The executed aid workers were kidnapped in the first week of June 2020.
These continued attacks and kidnappings show that the terrorist group is not defeated. They have proven that they are still capable of attacking the highest of government officials despite claims that they are defeated or weak. This continued violence along with continued Fulani militant aggression will also cause the country to move closer to civil war. Please pray for this country which is struggling through some of the worst violence in the world.
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