Borno Police Confirm Two Personnel Missing after Boko Haram Ambush

Borno State Police Command on Wednesday confirmed that two of its men, including one woman, are missing after Boko Haram terrorists attacked a convoy of policemen along Maiduguri-Biu road last week
This is after it has denied that any of its men was missing
Recall Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, released a video after the attack in which he said his group has about ten policewomen in captivity.
In the video, Shekau said the policewomen would be used as slaves in retaliation for the wives and daughters of Boko Haram members arrested or killed by Nigeria security forces.
However, reacting to the sect’s claims, in a statement signed by the Borno Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isukwu, urged the media and the general public to ignore the Boko Haram leader’s claims which he described as a false representation of what happened.
“For avoidance of doubts, and to put records straight, there are no police women under Boko Haram terrorist’s captivity as claimed by the sect leader.
“The Command wishes to reiterate as contained in an earlier Press Briefing by the Commissioner of Police, CP Damian A. Chukwu, on 20/06/2017 that; Police lorry with Reg. No. NPF 2677 D was carted away; Occupants comprise personnel, relations and burial party for late Sgt Rahila Antikirya.
“The Driver of the Police lorry, Sergeant Kubura Mwada, was shot and injured on his back. He was able to jump down from the lorry and escaped.
“The Personnel missing are Inspector Fatsuma Sale and Cpl Abubakar Haruna. There is no evidence in the video clip indicating that they are in the captivity of the sect.”
The spokesperson explained that other occupants of the lorry “took advantage of the space in the lorry conveying personal effects of the deceased policewoman and joined the burial party,” adding that most of those kidnapped by Boko Haram from the attack are civilians.
The Borno police, therefore, advised the media and the public “to disregard the claim(s) in the video, as well as social media reports as they are not a true representation of that unfortunate incident.”
The Wednesday statement is the first by the police mentioning the names of missing personnel after the attack.
But sources claimed that most of the abducted women were police officers and or wives of policemen.
A source within the Borno State Police Command again confirmed that the policewomen abducted were more than one as claimed by the CP.
“They might say those mentioned were those officially assigned to escort the corpse, but there are many others of late Rahila’s colleagues that also volunteered to accompany the burial party”, said the source.

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