Boko Haram Reportedly Traps President’s Convoy

Boko Haram Reportedly Traps President’s Convoy

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign team, who arrived in Borno State to prepare for President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign rally, are currently trapped in Maiduguri after a Boko Haram raid.

The team, including security personnel as well as journalists and medical staff, has been moved to a safe place by security agencies in the unstable Borno State capital.

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According to the source the trapped staff were taking refuge at a location under protection.

The presidential campaign team arrived in Maiduguri late on Friday, January 23, under watertight security, and was planning to leave on Sunday morning, only for their plans to be ruined by the attack of Boko Haram insurgents.

The source said: “Some people who came with the convoy took the risk to leave Maiduguri against security advice when the attack was still building.”

But others decided to stay and wait for the attack to be quelled before leaving. What is happening is that the insurgents are desperate to launch an attack related to the president’s visit. They want to embarrass the presidency.”

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President Jonathan has travelled to the city of Maiduguri with his campaign team ahead of the upcoming February poll.

Boko Haram terrorists attempted to seize the town on Sunday morning, but the insurgents were repelled by a combination of soldiers and the civilian Joint Task Force (better known as Civilian JTF).

It was reported yesterday, January 24, that Boko Haram members have overcome the 243rd Battalion of the Nigerian Army stationed at Monguno Barracks in Maiduguri.

Supposedly, no fewer than 1,400 soldiers were deployed at the barracks at the time of the attack, so their fate is now unknown.


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