Zulum escapes another attack on Maiduguri-Baga route …  expert raises alarm of ISWAP’s plan to abduct the governor

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The convoy of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum was again attacked while returning from Baga to Maiduguri on Sunday.
Unknown assailants, believed to be terrorists  opened fire on the escort. The Governor was in Baga between Friday to Sunday supervising preparations for safe resettlements of the commercial town which used to be strategic to Boko Haram’s commercial operations. Governor Zulum while returning, plied the Miaduguri-Baga route along with other government officials in charge of the resettlement of internally displaced persons.
Two days earlier on the same route, Borno State Government officials were ambushed while travelling to Baga to join the governor who had flown in on an Air Force chopper. The attack led to the death of about sixteen persons.
According to some sources, the Military escort following the governor was able to repel the attack and clear the way for the governor.
Meanwhile, David Otto, a counter terrorism and organized crime expert said that impeccable sources had obtained leaked information revealing active plans by the leadership of ISIS-linked ISWAP operating in pockets of territories in Northern Nigeria and the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin.
According to him, the fragile terrorist leadership has instructed a joint unit of ISWAP commanders to launch a coordinated ambush on the returning convoy of the BORNO state government.
“The specialist jihadist units have been tasked to abduct the BORNO state governor Prof Babagana Zulum using any means possible — if he chooses to travel by route to Maiduguri,” he said
He stated further that the joint ISWAP units have been spotted gathering with about 20 gun trucks in a location described by sources as about 1.5km away from Kukawa town —Southern flanks.
“The armed jihadist units are suspected to have been deployed with the mission to launch a second and more catastrophic ambush on the convoy of vehicles transporting returning IDPs, BORNO state officials, and other commuters along the obscured long stretched road to and from Baga town.”
“Some of the surviving units responsible for the earlier September 25 noon attack on the convoy of BORNO state government bound for Baga — have been hiding at a location given as Buratai village by Modari for almost a week,” he further said
However, the governor’s convoy was escorted out of Baga by the military who repelled the attack and cleared the way for the governor.
The governor had since returned to Maiduguri on Sunday.
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