The Police in Borno State has confirmed the attack on the convoy of the State Governor along the Monguno – Cross Kauwa Road, on Friday, the 25th.
Reports say the Governor was not in the convoy as of the time of the attack.
A statement by Borno State Commissioner of Police made available by the Public Relations Officer, DSP Edet Okon said,
eight policemen and three members of the Civilian Joint Task Force died in the encounter.
Thirteen other persons were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries and have been rushed to hospital for treatment.
The incident was said to have occurred, at about noon, when the security convoy which was heading to Baga, in respect of the government’s effort to relocate the indigenes to their ancestral home, came under heavy gun attack by armed men, suspected to be Boko Haram, a few kilometers from Cross Kauwa.
The security convoy returned fire and successfully repelled the attack.
The statement said casualties were recorded on both sides.
The Commissioner of Police, Bello Makwashi, in the statement, assures members of the public that the Nigeria Police is determined to carry out its constitutional mandate of protecting lives and properties, and will not relent in providing the needed security for the citizens of Borno State at all times.
The statement however, did not disclose the involvement of the military.