On February 13, Boko Haram militants attacked a vehicles convoycarrying the governor of the southern Nigerian state of Borno, Kashim Shettima. The governmetn as well as the governorship candidate from the All Progressives Congress (APC) party, Babagana Umaru, escaped attack unhurt. However, the incident is surrounded by suspicious factors.
According to reports, the ambush took place near the town of Dikwa. The militants were dressed in military uniform and were in what appeared to be two military trucks parked by the side of the road. They followed the convoy for some time and then attacked it.
At least 5 persons, including one soldier, were killed in the attack. Multiple others and several vehicles from the convoy were abducted.
A day earlier, on February 12, the Nigerian Army eliminated 11 Boko Haram members in Madagali, Adamawa State. According to pro-government sources, soldiers of 143 Battalion, 28 Task Force Brigade, Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole neutralised the terrorists when they staged an attack on their position. One member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) was killed and one soldier was injured in the clashes.