The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has revealed how soldiers successfully foiled an insurgents ambush on the convoy of the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road, on Saturday.
In a statement on Monday, Defence spokesperson, Maj-Gen. Edward Buba, said troops from the 29 Task Force Brigade led the operation to repel the attack, about six kilometres from Benesheikh.
While Governor Mai Mala Buni was not part of the convoy at the time, the Secretary to the Yobe State Government and some top officials in the convoy, but escaped unhurt.
Buba disclosed that one military armoured vehicle and one civilian escort car affected by the incident have been recovered at the base in Benisheikh.
“Reinforcement of troops from 29 Task Force Brigade led by the Brigade Commander are conducting fighting patrol in the area to locate the terrorists who carried out the dastardly act.
“The two vehicles affected in the incident include one military MRAP and one civilian escort vehicle whose tyres were shot at during the incident, have been safely recovered to the military camp at Benisheikh.
“Operations are ongoing to hunt and destroy the terrorists that perpetrated the attack,” he said.
The DHQ spokesperson further revealed that operations are ongoing to enhance security along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway and prevent the recurrence of such threats targeting government officials in Yobe State.
A police officer was killed while five other personnel wounded in the attack are now in stable condition at the hospital.