Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has discredited reports that Boko Haram fighters attacked his convoy during a trip from Baga community to Maiduguri on Sunday.
Mr Zulum had visited Baga on a working visit where he supported the newly resettled Baga community with food items.
But some news media (not Qed.ng) reported the governor was attacked while on his way back to Maiduguri and that several security operatives were killed in the attack.
In a statement issued later on Sunday, the governor’s spokesman Isa Gusau said Zulum traveled to Baga and spent a day supervising the distribution of food and other relief to thousands of residents and returned to Maiduguri safely.
“For the record, we write to quickly clarify that contrary to a ‘breaking news’ by an online news medium, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum was neither attacked nor was any component of his convoy attacked by anyone,” the statement read.
“The governor was actually in Baga from Saturday to Sunday, during which he supervised the distribution of food and cash support to 5,000 residents and he assessed major reconstruction and resettlement efforts with no hitch whatsoever.
“While we continually accord respect to all media organizations as supportive partners, we importantly clarify that we have no knowledge of the ‘breaking news’ in question.”