4 killed, 3 abducted as gunmen ambush military escorted WFP convoy in North-east Nigeria
By (Blogger) Abdulkareem Haruna
The World Food Programme (WFP) in northeast Nigeria confirmed that gunmen on Saturday ambushed their military-escorted convoy of food trucks taking supplies to an internally displaced camp at Ngala village of Borno state.
Four persons were confirmed killed during the attack while three others were abducted by the ambushing gunmen who were suspected to be Boko Haram.
According to the WFP's Communication Officer at the Maiduguri area office, Mr Adedeji Ademigbuji, a driver of the Programme's hired truck and his assistant were among the four that lost their lives.
But inside humanitarian sources who had first-hand knowledge of the incident told Kareem's Pick Blog that three other persons were abducted by the armed attckers who had probably outgunned the military escort. The ambushers took a truck that was loaded with fòod supplies and the three abductees to a destination yet known to the UN officials and the military.
This incident was initially treated as hush hush until an online medium got a wind of it before the UN system decided to make it public late Sunday evening.
"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 attack on #UNOfficials is the latest in recent times after a very long time that UN workers suffered such attack.
Kareem's Pick Blog recall that in its October Report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (#UNOCHA) had in its monthly report of October said some nearly 900, 000 people in needs of aids could not be reached in three local government areas of Borno state because of the activities of the insurgents.
The #UNOCHA report also said the Boko Haram activities that was earlier slowed down by the rains might pick up during the dry season. This was tailed by a chilling security alert from US and the United Kingdom warning Nigeria of a confirmed plan by Boko Haram to commence deadly hostilities on strategic locations during the yuletide.
The Nigerian government acknowledged this warning.
And in a move that suggested a reaction to the security alert, the president last secured the support of the 36 governors of Nigeria to approve the sum of $1 billion as a special intervention fund to equip soldiers to finally denigrate the Boko Haram activities.
Boko Haram is respinsible it the death of over 100, 000 persons in a senseless war it started since 2009.