Governor Of Yobe State Commends Military For Defending Damaturu Against Boko Haram

Gaidam, Yobe State governorYobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has saluted the gallantry of the Nigerian military following reports that they put up a strong fight against the radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram, who stormed Damaturu, the state capital, in a failed bid to take over Government House and other strategic locations.

The governor, who is in Abuja but was briefed of the security situation in his state on Monday, also called on the people of the state to be vigilant and fish out any member of the terrorist group that might be hiding amongst them.

The governor in a statement by his spokesman, Mallam Abdullahi Bego, yesterday afternoon, said, “Early this [Monday] morning, insurgents and terrorists suspected to be members of Boko Haram launched attacks on Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

“His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who is on official assignment to Abuja at the moment, was briefed on the situation by heads of the law enforcement agencies on the ground in Damaturu.

“The governor has condemned the attack as heinous and barbaric. He has also expressed appreciation to the security forces who worked very hard on the ground and from the air to repel the attack and force many of the attackers to flee. As a result of their efforts, Damaturu remains firmly under government control.

“The governor has also been told that the security effort is still ongoing. Security agents will continue to track and pursue any remnants of the attackers who might still be hiding in town”.

The governor enjoined residents of Damaturu and other towns in the state to continue to remain vigilant and pray to Almighty Allah for His intervention, insisting that the prayers offered so far have been “significant to the success that the security forces recorded today”.

He also directed hospital authorities to provide adequate support to innocent victims of the attack.

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