The Borno State Police Command has, on Saturday, confirmed the death of eight policemen and three members of the Civilian Joint Taskforce (CJTF), during a Boko Haram terrorists ambush on the state government officials security convoy along Baga in the northern part of Borno State.
The police added that 13 other persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
A statement issued to journalists in Maiduguri by the Borno State police public relations officer, DSP Edet Okon, informed that the incident occurred on Friday, September 25, at about 12pm, when the security convoy who were heading to Baga in respect of the government’s effort to relocate indigenes of Baga to their ancestral home, came under heavy gun attack by armed men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists, between Cross Kauwa and Baga town.
Okon said the security convoy returned fire and successfully repelled the attack, adding that in the ensuing gun fight, however, casualties were recorded on both sides.
He said: “Unfortunately, eight policemen and three members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) paid the supreme price. 13 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 properties, and will not relent in providing the needed security for the good citizens of Borno State at all times,” the statement read.
Our Correspondent reports that the attack is occurring four days after a Colonel, D.C. Bako, died following another ambush by the Boko Haram terrorists in Damboa local government area of southern part of Borno State. Late Bako died alongside three other soldiers in the attack.