President Buhari security car convoy was attacked by unknown gunmen. The president should be traveling to his home state, Katsina on Friday to observe the sallah festival.
“Nigerian security forces stopped an attack on a convoy carrying aides of President Muhammadu Buhari to the northern state Katsina, the latest escalation in insecurity in Africa’s biggest economy. Unknown gunmen opened fire on vehicles traveling ahead of the president’s visit to his hometown of Daura, but were fought off by soldiers and police, presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu said on Twitter. Two people received minor injuries, Shehu said. “
“The attack came the same day suspected members of Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a medium-security prison in Kuje, a suburb of the capital, Abuja. About 200 of the 600 prisoners who escaped remain at large, according to Abubakar Umar, spokesman of the Nigerian Correctional Services.
Below is the statement issued by the special presidential assistant Garba Shehu.
GALLANT PRESIDENTIAL GUARDS REPEL ATTACK ON ADVANCE TEAM AHEAD OF PRESIDENT’S VISIT
The Presidency has described as sad and unwelcome, the shooting incident near Dutsinma, Katsina State, at the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah.
The attackers opened fire on the convoy from ambush positions but were repelled by the military, police and DSS personnel accompanying the convoy.
Two persons in the convoy are receiving treatment for the minor injuries they suffered. All the other personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura.
The Presidency has described as sad and unwelcome, the shooting incident near Dutsinma, Katsina State, at the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah.— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) July 6, 2022