The Defence Headquarters has initiated a manhunt for the terrorists responsible for the attack on the convoy of the Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni.
News About Nigeria understands that the incident occurred as the convoy was en route from Maiduguri to Damaturu when terrorists ambushed the vehicles.
Governor Mai Mala Buni was not present in the convoy during the attack.
However, top government officials, including the Secretary to Yobe State Government, Baba Wali, and the Special Adviser on Religious Affairs, were travelling with the convoy.
In a statement released on Sunday night, Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operation, explained that troops from the 29 Task Force Brigade, engaged in patrol duty, intervened to rescue the victims and recover the affected vehicles.
The security personnel in the convoy sustained injuries during the incident, including one military truck driver, four police escorts, and one operative from the Department of State Services (DSS).
Despite their injuries, they are reported to be in stable condition.
Regrettably, one of the injured police escorts succumbed to his injuries upon reaching the Specialist Hospital in Damaturu.
The statement confirmed that the injured victims were evacuated to the Specialist Hospital for treatment, while the deceased police personnel’s body was deposited in the hospital’s mortuary.
The troops from the 29 Task Force Brigade, under the command of their Brigade Commander, are conducting fighting patrols in the area where the incident occurred to locate and neutralise the terrorists responsible for the attack.
The Defence Headquarters vowed to continue operations until the terrorists were located and destroyed.
The affected vehicles, including one Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) and one civilian escort vehicle, have been safely recovered to the military camp at Benisheikh.
The statement provided assurance that operations are ongoing to ensure the safety and security of the region.