The defence headquarters has opened up on the attack on the convoy of Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni on Saturday evening.
The governor’s convoy was ambushed by terrorists believed to be Boko Haram while returning to Damaturu from Maiduguri, about 6 kilometres from Benesheikh town, on Saturday.
The governor was not in the convoy when it was ambushed. However, the Secretary to the State Government and some other top government officials were in the convoy but were unhurt.
A statement released on Monday by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba said troops recovered the two vehicles affected in the incident.
He added that one military truck driver, four police escorts, and one DSS operative wounded in the attack were in stable condition.
Unfortunately, one of the injured police escorts died shortly upon arrival at the Specialists Hospital Damaturu.
“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,” Maj.-Gen. Buba said.
“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,” he added.
“Operations are ongoing to hunt and destroy the terrorists that perpetrated the attack,” he said.