Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State narrowly escaped death on Friday when gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect stormed the Shuwa, Madagali local government area of the state, where the governor had gone on a visit.
Madagali has witnessed series of terrorists attacks recently and the governor had gone to the area to commiserate with the people when unknown gunmen fired gunshots into the air as the governor was addressing the people.
Eyewitness account said that moments after the Governor had received the microphone to address the people, two gunmen in military uniform emerged from the crowd and shot thrice into the air.
According to the eyewitness, before then, people have started shouting ; They are coming! They are coming!! They are coming!!! referring to the Boko Haram insurgents.
In the ensuing confusion, the governor was quickly rescued and ferried away by his security aides as some vehicles in his convoy rammed into one another.
Meanwhile, the governor said that his convoy was not attacked during his visit to Shuwa in Madagali Local Government Area of the State.
Nyako said that “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.
Sources said that four shots were fired by the soldier, prompting the security personnel to take position while others drove off with the governor.