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Gaidam Urges Residents To Be ‘Extra-Vigilant’ To Curb Insurgency


GOVERNOR Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has urged residents to always be security conscious by being “extra-vigilant” in monitoring the movement of groups of people and individuals in their environments in order to curb insurgency in the state. 

  He stressed that doing so would enable the people to spot any potential troublemaker before he/she carries out any harmful act against them. 

  Gaidam gave the advise on Thursday while addressing members and officials of the state council of the National Union of Roads Transport Workers (NURTW) during his official visit to the Damaturu Central Motor Park to commiserate with families and relations of victims of the bomb blast that killed over a dozen people last Sunday.

  His words: “What happened here last Sunday was heinous and barbaric. Up to 15 people lost their lives and over 50 people were injured. It is sad and we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims; our sympathies and prayers also go to those who were injured.”

  Gaidam continued: “While we cannot control when or where a terror attack might happen, we can go a long way to prevent and even stop these barbaric acts by being extra vigilant by keenly observing what is happening around our environments. We should be careful and try to note anyone that comes in and goes out. And we should report immediately to the security agents if and whenever we see anything suspicious or potentially harmful.”

  The governor also visited the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital, Damaturu, where some of the injured victims were being treated for the “burns and wounds” they sustained in the blast.

  Briefing the governor on the hospitalised victims, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mohammed Bello Kawuwa said that the victims were treated free of charge and that those in very critical conditions were referred to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Nguru.

  Gaidam commiserated with the victims and prayed Almighty God to give them quick recovery so that they could return to their respective homes and communities.

  He also urged health ministry officials in the state to continue to provide whatever support the victims needed to help them recover quickly at government’s expense.


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