Four killed as Boko Haram ambushes UN workers

Nigerian Army

Four aid workers with the World Food Programme, WFP, have been kidnapped in Borno State.

The WFP is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations.

In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, the WFP said the gunmen ambushed one of their military-escorted convoy of food trucks taking supply to an internally displaced persons camp in Ngala village of Borno State on Saturday.

Four persons were confirmed killed during the attack. Sources also told this medium that three other persons were abducted the by the gunmen, suspected to be members of Boko Haram.

According to the WFP’s Communication Officer at the Maiduguri area office, Adedeji Ademigbuji, two of the four persons killed were the truck driver and his assistant.

But sources familiar with the attack confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that three other persons were taken away by the gunmen who drove the food trucks to an unknown destination. WFP in its confirmation email was silent about the abduction of the three other persons.

“WFP can confirm that a convoy escorted by the Nigerian military including WFP hired trucks was the subject of an attack by armed groups 35km southwest of Ngala in Borno State on Saturday (16 December)”, said Mr Ademigbuji.

“Four people, including the driver of a WFP-hired truck and a driver’s assistant, were killed in the incident. WFP extends its condolences to the bereaved families.

“WFP is working with the authorities to determine the whereabouts of the trucks,” he said.

The source who spoke to journalists in Maiduguri on condition of anonymity because he is not permitted to speak to the media said one of the trucks was burnt by the attackers.

It has not been ascertained if the other two people killed in the attack are civilians or members of the military escort.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (UNOCHA) had in its October report expressed concern that some remote locations of Borno State could not be assessed by humanitarian workers due to activities of the insurgents.

The military is yet to issue a statement on this incident.

The Boko Haram activities in Borno and neighbouring states have caused about 100,000 deaths since 2009.


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  • forestgee

    There is a sudden spike in Boko Haram attacks following the demand for $1bn from Excess Crude Account! When a fraud channel is opened, it is difficult to close…

    • Waandu

      Or maybe you have suddenly started to monitor news about the insurgency.

  • Yego V

    Where is the useless minister of Information Lai Mohammed who, for political reasons, has continued to deny the existence of boko haram; claiming they have been defeated. Lai went on FUN ride with the Air Force. This man and his boss are wicked. Now they want $1 billion to fight the ghosts of a defeated enemy. Buhari will use the money to continue equipping his brothers Herdsmen.

  • Kareem Raji

    Another SOFT target hit!

  • sorbitol

    This must be corruption fighting back. Clueless government by clueless people. Tell me why God will not punish this government of lies.

  • truth is bitter

    How else can Buhari justify his demand for N2b from the Niger Delta’s excess crude oil account if not to tell his boys to increase the attacks? It is a method all Nigerians are used to. Increase attacks before any elections, increase attacks to justify increased budget for funds. No wonder, this govt has never attempted to probe neither the source of funding nor weapons for Boko haram Islamist terrorists. Lord Lugard and Britain committed a disaster in 1914. We must work to reverse the evil of 1914 amalgamation asap!

  • Otile

    The indefatigable Boko Haram Muslims will continue to decimate Christians in the North East until Imam Buhari settles them as he promised. Imam Abu Shekau cannot agree to be paid with empty promises from Buhari.

  • Kenny

    Where’s the military intelligence? Hallmarks of an indiscipline military! Should have been air surveillance by NAT before the convoy took off