- Emerging reports have claimed that security source said Governor Kashim Shettima's aides have long questioned his decision not to use bulletproof vehicles
- The security source disclosed this following the attack lunched on Shettima's convoy by Boko Haram terrorists
- According to him, the governor faces the highest risk since the insurgents and other criminals would normally prefer him as their priceless target
Barely 24 hours after Boko Haram terrorists opened fire on the convoy of Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state, security source said governor’s aides have long questioned his decision not to use bulletproof vehicles.
The security source, who declined to be named as he does not have permission to speak, said it has always been a major concern for security details attached to Shettima.
Premium Times reports that he said the governor rebuffed several pleas to use bulletproof vehicles in his convoy despite the availability of two at the Government House.
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The source said Shettima insists that “it is morally wrong for him as leader of his convoy’s delegation to be driving in bulletproofs while his aides and associates who travel because of him, drive in ordinary vehicles.
“He feels it is not an act of leadership and he also feels that driving in bulletproof can send panic in the minds of his aides and associates in his convoy."
According to the source, the governor is wrong from a security point of view.
He said: "The security details may have been pointing to him that as Governor of Borno state, he faces the highest risk since Boko Haram insurgents and other criminals would normally prefer him as their priceless target and if they can get him, they won’t mind using multiple suicide bombers.
“The man has courage, no doubt and his argument is understandable from a moral point of view but not from a security point of view. His security details are always agitated because they know he doesn’t use bullet proof and yet he is not afraid of going to dangerous places including when he travelled to Chibok in 2014 and Gwoza after the Emir was killed in the same year.
"At that time, Boko Haram controlled the roads and when he was travelling, his convoy was clearing landmines to pave.
"Recently, he went to Monguno and spent the night there days after Boko Haram made three attempts. Interestingly, he didn’t even sleep in the military base, he slept with the civilian populace. He should have joined the Army.
“I think the NSA or whoever is in the position should compel Governor Shettima to henceforth drive in bulletproof whether he likes it or not. It is a matter of his security and not what he likes. He is public property."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Boko Haram terrorists opened fire on the convoy of Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state.
According to Sahara Reporters, the incident happened on Wednesday, February 13, as the convoy was travelling from Maiduguri, the state capital, to Gamboru-Ngala for a political rally.
An unconfirmed number of people were killed in the terrorists attack. About a dozen people have been reported missing too.
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