Some aggrieved soldiers held Usman Durkwa, deputy governor of Borno state, to ransom at a military checkpoint in Yobe state on Sunday.Durkwa was returning from Adamawa state, where he had attended the turbaning ceremony of Martins Babale, his Adamawa counterpart.The ceremony took place in Ganye local government area of Adamawa. However, Durkwa’s convoy reportedly ran into the military checkpoint, where no soldier was in sight After about 15 minutes of the ensuing drama, the number two man in Borno alighted from the vehicle to join his security team, but the soldiers were said to have refused to accord him the respect that he deserves.
“The soldiers took positions from different directions, aiming at the convoy, with the threat to open fire,” the source said.“The soldiers pointed Ak47 riffle, anti-aircraft guns and one of them pointed a rocket propeller.“The deputy governor, having seen what was going on, after they had denied him access for about 15 minutes, came down from his vehicle to interfere, but instead of showing him respect, the soldiers became more lawlessness.“They said they don’t care about his office. They insulted and called him all sort of names. One of the soldiers, who pointed a gun at him, called him a bloody civilian and political thief. They said they won’t lose anything killing the deputy.”