Three policemen and two drivers have been declared missing after suspected members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, attacked the convoy of the Chairman of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, Hamman Ahmadu. Two vehicles were destroyed in the ensuing attack.
It was learnt that the chairman and his convoy ran into an ambush by the sect members at a blown-up bridge on the Bama-Gwoza road at about 4.35pm on Monday.
Recounting their ordeal to reporters on Tuesday in Maiduguri, Mallam Baba, a driver attached to Borno State Government House, said the convoy was surrounded by several gunmen as it approached the bridge.
He said, “On reaching the bridge, after returning from Gwoza Township and Barawa village on an official visit, we were surrounded by several gunmen at the destroyed Firgi Bridge. They shot sporadic from all directions. Three drivers were able to make a U-turn and escaped while two other vehicles, including my Hilux vehicle, were abandoned, I had to crawl for about 300 metres to escape from the insurgents”.
On the number of casualties, Baba said, “It is only God that saved our lives yesterday evening (Monday), including the council chairman, which was in the fifth vehicle in the convoy; before we were ambushed at the bridge. Three policemen are missing and two other drivers of the convoy. Up to the time I am speaking to you; the five people in the attacked convoy are yet to be found, 20 hours after we were attacked”.