The Olowu of Kuta in Ayedire Local Government area of Osun state, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, has pleaded for more vigilance on the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the northern parts of the country, just as he expressed shock at a recent attack on the convoy of Borno State Relocation Committee,
Oba Oyelude in a statement said while it was regrettable that policemen and soldiers died in the attack, it was noteworthy that the attack was calculated and deadly, even as such could be curtailed when every hands are on deck to wage holistic war against the insurgents, whose target may be the governor of the state..
“I commiserate with the governor over the tragic loss of lives. But we thank God that the terrorists did not achieve their primary purpose of hitting the governor personally because he went by helicopter to Baga. I learnt it was the convoy in which the state relocation team was that was ambushed. Some of the dead died of IED planted on the very bad road to Baga. I condole with the families of the dead. God will give them the fortitude to bear the losses,” the Oba said.
Recall that jihadist fighters linked to the Islamic State group on Friday killed several security personnel in an ambush on the convoy of the governor, the Agence France Presse (AFP) reported Friday night quoting sources.
The AFP said that eight policemen, three soldiers, and four members of a government-backed militia were killed in the attack on vehicles in the convoy of the governor near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.
Zulum was on an assessment tour of Baga in preparation for the return of thousands of residents displaced from the town by the jihadists in 2014, the sources said. Kabiesi advised Governor zulum to aggressively tackle the deplorable Road networks in the state, or leverage on the North East development Commission in assisting the state on road construction.
The monarch praise the Army for their quick response in repelling and countering the insurgents despite the bad roads.