The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam has condemned the attack on Damaturu, the state capital, where about 10 people reportedly died.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego, the governor referred to the attack as heinous and barbaric. He however “expressed appreciation to the security forces who worked very hard on the ground and from the air to repel the attack and forced many of the attackers to flee. As a result of their effort, 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 urges people in Damaturu and all across the State to continue to remain vigilant and pray to Almighty Allah for His intervention.
“While commending the security forces for their work in repelling the attack, the governor also called on them to remain at their highest alert level and to carry the good work to its logical conclusion. The governor has directed hospital authorities to provide adequate support to innocent victims of the attack who visit hospital for medical attention,” the statement read.
Insurgents in large numbers have stormed Damaturu shooting sporadically and blowing up different sites, but has been repelled by the military. About 40 of the insurgents have been reported killed.