Nigerian military explains ‘attack’ on Adamawa Governor’s convoy

Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako

The military said residents mistook soldiers for Boko Haram terrorists.

The Nigerian military on Friday said the convoy of the Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, was not attacked.

The Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, in a statement said “the alleged attack on the convoy of Governor Nyako as presented in a breaking news report on some television channels this afternoon is not true.”

Mr. Olukolade, a Major-General, said Mr. Nyako was returning from Michika and Shuwa where he went to sympathise with the communities attacked by suspected Boko Haram terrorists. He said on the governor’s return, he met a pandemonium by some individuals who mistook a convoy of troops for terrorists.

He said the troops were on an assignment to block a discovered entry point of terrorist at Kirchinga Village.

“The troops were on assignment to block a discovered entry and exit point of terrorists into the country through the state. The community has been assured of their safety as normalcy has returned,” Mr. Olukolade said.

Mr. Olukolade said that this led to an ensuing stampede and confusion as people scampered into the bush in efforts to escape from the troops mistaken for terrorists.

Based on official military record, 29 students were killed in the early hours of Tuesday at the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, in Yobe State, by suspected Boko Haram members. The terrorists also attacked Adamawa Communities, Michika and Shuwa, on Wednesday night, killing another 13 people.
The military’s statement confirms PREMIUM TIMES reportage that there was no Boko Haram involvement in the Friday afternoon incident

A witness had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES that some soldiers fired shots that caused the pandemonium.

“The Governor had just finished his condolence remarks and prayers were being offered when suddenly sounds of gunshots rented the air and serious pandemonium followed,” the witness said.
He said the gunshots came from some soldiers nearby who were shouting, “The boys are coming” and shooting indiscriminately in the air.

The witness, who was on Mr. Nyako’s convoy, said the governor was angry with the soldiers for creating such unnecessary pandemonium.

The Defence Spokesperson, however, noted that calm had returned to Shuwa after the pandemonium.

He also said more terrorists have been arrested after Tuesday and Wednesday’s attack, while 13 of the terrorists died during a Friday raid on a Boko Haram make-shift camp in Borno and Adamawa States.


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  • The Observer

    Thank God that no life was lost.

  • paul preston

    what of the drone that was manufactured locally can it not be used for surveilance?

    • Angryman

      We are not there yet
      I was disappointed when I saw the video – I think on YouTube
      What we should be asking about is our satellite
      Not forgetting those who provided us with Baga pictures – where are they
      If they cannot give us real time imagery at least they can provide us with that of their bases/camps

  • Contact Point

    Let the world tell Jonathan that judgement day is very close. He will surely face it, and Edwin Clark can do no shit. Believe me Ibori is going to be better than this silly GEJ

    • paul preston

      really? an ex-convict that looted a state will be better in your opinion?then who are you an ex…..

  • Concerned Adamankijo

    The reason people are terrified of the military in that area is because they have been the ones attacking communities. In the Madagali incident, they went to the community in their helixes and said they wanted to speak to people. When people were gathered they opened fire on them and went round town and burnt many buildings. In the Wednesday incident, people started running away the second they saw the military. When the incident was over they heard that so many had been killed and buildings burnt.
    They tried to discourage the Gov. from going to the communities, when he refused and went, they followed, started shouting that BH were coming and started shooting.
    God will expose these demons and punish them for all the lives they have taken. BH is the banner that every criminal now hides under, especially the military mass murderers.

  • Naziru

    Tell it to the birds!

  • Excisionist

    BLAME THE NSA, Colonel Dasuki (rtd)

    It is wrong to blame GEJ for the insecurity in the country,
    especially in the North East Zone. The national security adviser (NSA)
    has been mandated by the president to do all that is necessary to stop
    the mayhem. But is he loyal to the president or to the Northern Islamic
    Oligarchs? I doubt that he is loyal to the president.

    The NSA is Army Colonel Dasuki (rtd) whom I suspect is working for
    APC and Northern Islamists in a coordinated assult to make the president
    seem weak. It’s all part of the program to bring the presidency back
    to the Islamic North. In doing this they are willing to sacrifice the
    blood of innocent civilians, including innocent school children while
    their own children are safe abroad.

    How long will ordinary northerners stand this evil

    It is time to change the totaliy inept and compromised NSA Col.
    Dasuki. For his replacement the president may consider Great Ogboru,
    Colonel Anthony Nyiam (rtd) or Prof. Saliba Mukoro (Retired army
    Major).