By Bisi LAWAL
Suspected Boko Haram fighters attacked Governor Mai Mala Buni’s convoy on Saturday killing two policemen with three others injured.
The ambush attack on Buni’s convoy came when the convoy was moving back Damaturu on Maiduguri-Kano express way after the Unimaid 24th convocation.
According to sources in the Buni’s convoy, the insurgents ambushed the convoy firing sporadically from both sides of the road heading to Damaturu, saying “we left Maiduguri very late, around 6.00 pm after Magrib prayer.
“We were discussing and laughing when we were attacked along Beneshiekh and Mainok, after attending the 24th convocation of the University of Maiduguri.
“Governor Buni was with us in the convoy when the incident happened, after convocation he proceeded to Abuja for an official function.
Recall, for many years the military has prohibited night travel on Maiduguri-Damaturu way, warning the terrain is dangerous for commuters.
Reacting to the incident, the spokesman of the governor, Mamman Mohammed, confirmed that the convoy ran into the ambush.
He explained that the governor’s security had repelled the attack successfully but exchanging fire, three policemen sustained injuries.
“The security operatives were able to repel the attack and those injured were responding to treatment” he said.
The Buni’s convoy was escorted by troops of Operation Hadin Kai, who were fully armed with MRAP, Gun Truck and other security personnel including Police and DSS.
The insurgents in the past have attacked Borno Governor’s convoy severally, but this time, around Yobe.