Members of the Borno State Resettlement and Relief Committee narrowly escaped death on Friday when Boko Haram insurgents attacked their convoy on their way from Baga town after a routine distribution of relief items to the Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs)
The Relief Committee, made up of mostly commissioners and top government officials were ambushed along Maiduguri-Gajiram-Monguno Road at Jigalta village of Guzamala Local Government Area, by the insurgents.
The exercise was said to have went on successfully on Thursday, until the return trip on Friday, when the entourage was attacked, leading to the wounding of three soldiers, who sustained injuries. However, none of the officials, including the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan was harmed.
scores of the terrorists were however killed by the troops with support from men of the Anti-Robbery Squad and Civilian JTF.
Confirming the attack, Lawan said: “Yes there were some elements of Boko Haram ISWAP that ambushed troops escorting us from Baga to Maiduguri. The incident took place around Jigalta village, on our way back. Our military troops did a wonderful job of neutralising all the terrorists.
“Unfortunately, three of the military troops sustained minor injuries during the attack, and are now in stable condition. This is a huge success, as the attackers were suspected to be the ones terrorising and laying ambushes in the roads almost on daily basis.”