The Army has denied reports that the governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, was attacked by members of the Boko Haram sect on Friday.
Nyako’s convoy was reported to have come under attack by the terrorist group while he was returning from Michika and Shuwa in Madagali local government area of the state where he had gone to sympathise with the communities over a recent attack.
But the director defence information, Chris Olukolade, major general, clarified the situation saying that the convoy came ran into a stampede which resulted from the alarm raised by some people who had mistaken movement of troops in Kirchinga village, for another impending attack by terrorists.
“In the ensuing stampede and confusion, people scampered into the bush ostensibly to escape from those mistaken for terrorists,” he explained.
The military spokesman said therefore that the presentation of the incident by a section of the media as an attack on the governor is misleading and capable of “causing unnecessary anxiety and heightening tension.”
He called on residents to go about their normal activities while remaining vigilant, assuring that the army is making every effort to curtail the activities of terrorists in the regio.
Governor Nyako also confirmed the statement as false alarm.
“After addressing the villagers, some soldiers approached me as I was about to enter my car and said that Boko Haram members were coming.
The soldiers were shouting: they are here, they are here. So, I asked them: who? They said Boko Haram members are around. After that, one of the soldiers started shooting. So, the first thing we need to do naturally is to get out of the scene,” said Nyako.
About four shots were fired by the soldier, prompting the security personnel to take position while others drove off with the governor. The villagers also ran to different directions for safety.
On the entourage of the governor were the Speaker of the Adamawa State Assembly, Ahmadu Fintiri, the state commissioner of Police, John Abakasangha, secretary to the government, Kobis Thimnu, and some commissioners.