Nigerian police confirm attack on Borno officials by Boko Haram, reveal number of casualties

The Police in Borno on Saturday confirmed the death of eight personnel and three members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in an attack on the convoy of officials of Borno State Government.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Edet Okon, who disclosed this in a statement released in Maiduguri, also said 13 others were injured.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the officials, who are members of the IDP Resettlement Committee, were on the way to Baga town when they were attacked.

The state governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, was not in the convoy when the attack occurred.

Okon said that at about 12 pm on Friday, the security convoy heading to Baga came under heavy gun attack by armed men, suspected to be Boko-Haram insurgents.

He said that the security convoy returned fire and successfully repelled the attack.

“In the ensuing gunfight, however, casualties were recorded on both sides.

“Unfortunately, eight policemen and three members of the Civilian Joint Task Force paid the supreme price.

“Thirteen other persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Bello Makwashi assures members of the public that the Nigeria Police is determined to carry out its constitutional mandate of protecting lives and property”, he said.

Okon assured that the police would not relent in providing the needed security for the good citizens of Borno at all times.

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