- The spokesman for the Governor issued a statement on behalf of the Governor after the attack
- He said the attackers were suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group
- The attackers tried to take over the state capital
- Security forces repelled the attack
- State indigenes asked to be very vigilant and fish out strange persons suspected to be members of the Boko Haram
- The Governor promised to continue to do its best to protect everyone in the state
In a statement by his Spokesman, Abdullahi Bego, Gaidam advised the people of the state to be very vigilant and fish out any member of the Boko Haram terrorists’ group that may be hiding among them.
“Early this 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 law enforcement agencies on the ground in Damaturu,” the statement read.
Heinous And Barbaric
The Governor said the terrorists made attempts to seize the seat of power, the Government House Damaturu but security agents repelled them.
“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 effort, Damaturu remains firmly under government control,” he said.
The Governor assured residents that efforts would be sustained towards protecting everyone residing in the state.
“His Excellency 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 statement further read.
Gaidam asked the 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 were significant to the success that the security forces recorded.
The Governor, who commended the security forces for their work in repelling the attack, urged them to remain at their highest alert level and to carry the good work to its logical conclusion.
He also directed hospital authorities to provide adequate support to innocent victims of the attack who may visit the hospital for medical attention.