BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The death toll recorded in the deadly terrorists attack on Governor Babagana Zulumin which took place on Friday in Borno State has risen to 30.
The ambush attack on Zulum’s convoy took place as it approached Baga to join Zulum, who had been flown into the town in an Air Force chopper to Baga to receive returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The deadly attack came a few days after similar attack that led to the death of Colonel Dahiru Bako considered as major actor in the war against Boko Haram in Borono State.
Friday’s attack on Governor Zulum is the second in less than three months as the governor’s convoy was also attacked allegedly by Boko Haram in Kukawa Local Government Area of the state in July with no death recorded.
However, a dependable source in Maiduguri said the casualties figure from the ambush attack on Governor Zulum has increased by twice following the recovery of more bodies.
The unfortunate victims of the terrorists attack included policemen and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force.
This was as the police and the governor insist that the death toll stands at 11 persons that include eight policemen and three members of the Civilian Joint Task Force.
This was as visibly devastated and sad Governor Zulum while consoling the bereaved families, described the victims as priceless heroes.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with Zulum just as he charged security agencies to intensify efforts in the Northeast to clear the zone of the terrorists and security sabotage.
In a statement by the spokesman to Zulum, Isa Gusau, said the governor was saddened by the unfortunate carnage, adding that he shares the grief of families of the 11 priceless heroes to whom Borno shall remain grateful.
Gusau said; “The governor prays for the repose of their souls and urges all stakeholders to remain committed to ongoing peace building efforts.
“Zulum is of the opinion that we must continue to keep hope alive even in the face of tribulations, and believe that with sustained efforts and prayers, Borno will eventually regain peace.
“The situation facing us is a tough one but we must choose between doing something which gives us some hope and doing nothing which will leave us more vulnerable to Boko Haram’s ultimate wish to take over Borno and bring it under their sovereign brutal administration.”