The Borno State Police Command has confirmed the killing of its officers by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in the Baga area of the state.
It was gathered that an ambush on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Friday left about 30 persons dead.
The governor’s convoy was said to have been attacked between Monguno and Baga areas of the state.
It was learnt that the governor had left Maiduguri for Baga to prepare for the planned return of internally displaced persons from Maiduguri to the camps in Baga.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Edet Okon, in a statement issued on Saturday said eight policemen and three other members of the Civilian Joint Task Force “paid the supreme price”.
The police spokesman added that 13 other persons sustained various degrees of injuries.
He said, “On 25th September, 2020, about 12pm, the security convoy who were heading to Baga in respect of Government’s effort to relocate indigenes of Baga to their ancestral home came under heavy gun attack by Armed Men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists a few Kilometers from Cross Kauwa.
“In the ensuing gunfight, however, casualties were recorded on both sides. Unfortunately, eight Policemen and three members of the Civilian Joint Task Force paid the supreme price
“Thirteen other persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the hospital for treatment.”
Okon quoted the Commissioner of Police, Bello Makwashi, as assuring members of the public that “the Force will not relent in providing the needed security for the good citizens of Borno State at all times.”
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