Nigerian troops in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital erroneously opened fire on the motorcade of the State Governor, Kashim Shettima as he was on his way to the military garrison close to the airport to pay a condolence visit to the wounded soldiers who gallantly repelled Boko Haram attacks in Maiduguri, Monguna and Konduga on Monday, January 26, 2015.
Punch reports that the Governor’s protocol unit was blamed for the misunderstanding as it failed to indicate Governor Shettima’s intention of visiting the facility early enough.
Reports gathered also have it that the Governor escaped unscathed, although no information was made available as to whether anybody was hurt in the incident, which saw the Governor’s convoy do a U-turn after hearing sporadic gunshots from about a kilometer away.
Efforts to reach the spokesman for the 7th Div., Col S.K. Usman and the Director of Press and Communication to the governor, Isa Gusau proved abortive although the Borno State Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Bulama, described the gunshots as “friendly”
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.”