The incident took place around Bama town while the loal official, Saeed Salisu Sambo was on his way from Gwoza to Maiduguri, Daily Post reported.
Six soldiers of the 121 Task Force Battalion Pulka who were providing security to the official cover were injured as they attempted to clear the ambush.
Speaking to reporters on the ambush, Saeed said, more than 20 Boko Haram insurgents were killed while many fled due to the superior power of the soldiers.
“The incident happened at about 5km into Bama town, after living Nguro-Soye,“ he said.
According to him, the insurgents detonated an IED, followed by sporadic gunshots which was repelled by the gallant soldiers.
“Six 6 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries, and more than twenty of heinous actors were killed by the rocket launcher fired by troops as I vividly saw them running away, as the military engaged them in response,” the council boss said.