President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, condemned ambush on the convoy of Governor Umar Babagana Zulum of Borno State, by suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorists group, which led to the death of security men and some operatives of the Civilian-JTF.
In a statement, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the President described the attack, on Maiduguri-Baga route, as an orchestrated sabotage against long-planned return of displaced persons to their local communities.
Shehu further stated that the President noted, with deep sympathy, the loss of lives of security men on the convoy and commiserated with their families and loved ones.
He said the President advised the government of Borno State, working with security and intelligence agencies, to remain firm in their determination to restore normalcy to all communities liberated from Boko Haram terrorists.
President Buhari also urged security and intelligence agencies to intensify effort to check sabotage, sanitize the roads, venues and locations well in advance of returning IDPs, while working closely with local communities.
The President commended the gallantry of service personnel who repelled the deadly ambush, as well as the sincere determination of Governor Zulum, who has been working with armed forces to end the menace of terrorists, rebuild homes and return IDPs to regular life.
He prayed that God would grant the souls of the departed security men and operatives of Civilian-JTF eternal rest, and comfort their families.