FACT-CHECK: Governor Zulum’s Convoy Not Attacked By Terrorists

VERDICT: False


CLAIM:
On Sunday, November 22, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a claim published by Sahara Reporters that the Governor of Borno, Professor Babagana Zulum’s convoy was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists.


According to the claim, the terrorists had ambushed the governor’s advance team on Saturday, November 21, at Ja’alta along Gajiram to Monguno Road.

The report also claimed that seven soldiers and members of Civilian-JTF were killed on their way to Baga in Kukawa local government area.


FACT:
Investigations carried out by fact-checkers at the CDD showed that the report that the Governor was ambushed by terrorists is false.


Denying the claim, Professor Zulum said he was not ambushed or attacked.
A statement by the Governor’s spokesperson, Isa Gasau, states that neither the Governor nor his convoy was attacked as claimed by Sahara Reporters.


Gusau said, “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.”


“As members of the public can testify, it is the culture and principle of Professor Zulum to say things as they are, and in this case, it is what it is- no attack whatsoever.”

Also, no other credible media organisation has reported the claim that the Governor or his convoy was attacked by terrorists

CONCLUSION:
The Governor of Borno, Professor Babagana Zulum was not attacked by Boko-Haram terrorists as claimed by the media organisation.

Also, his advanced security team were not ambushed as reported by Sahara Reporters.


The Governor denied the breaking news on his attack through his spokesperson Isa Gusau.


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