Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Soldiers "mistakenly" open fire on Borno State Governor Shettima’s convoy

Troops in Maiduguri, yesterday evening ''mistakenly'' opened fire on the convoy of the Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima as it approached a military garrison near the airport.

Shettima was said to be on his way to visit soldiers, who were wounded in the simultenous Boko Haram attacks on Maiduguri, Monguno and Kodunga when the incident occurred.

Security sources, according to SaharaReporters, said the governor's protocol unit was to blame for the incident as it failed to notify the military authorities about Shettima's intention to visit the military facility on Monday evening.

An aide to the governor was quoted by the online news portal as having said that the governor, who was unharmed in the encounter, returned to his office unruffled.

The report however did not say if anyone in the convoy was hurt. It also was silent on whether or not Shettima's security aides returned fired.

A Government House source however claimed that the governor's convoy heard sporadic gunshots about one kilometre from the 33 Battalion and therefore made a U-turn.

He added that Shettima stopped his convoy at the 707 Housing Estate to calm tensions and debunk the rumours that the gunshots were by Boko Haram insurgents that were attacking people at Njimtilo.

Meanwhile the state Commissioner for Infromation, Mohammed Bulama, described what happened was a "friendly gunshot."

He said, "It was not an attack on the governor. It was a friendly gunshot that was not directed at Gov. Shettima nor his convoy. The shots were fired into the air by soldiers who were hailing the governor for saluting their effort in repelling the insurgents."

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