Damaturu - Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe on
Wednesday condemned the suicide attack in Damaturu in which 18 people died and
eight others were injured, describing it as "barbaric and cowardly".
Gaidam made the condemnation in a statement issued in
Damaturu by Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, Special Assistant on Media to the governor
after the explosion on Wednesday.
The statement expressed confidence that "despite the
barbaric and unjustified suicide attacks by Boko Haram, insurgency will soon
come to an end".
The statement said government would not relent in its
efforts to ensure the safety of the people; and that the Federal Government was
taking necessary measures to put an end to the insurgency.
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It commended security agencies for their efforts in the
general security improvement in the state and urged them to step up
surveillance to prevent insurgents and criminals from further attacks.
It condoled with the families of the deceased and ordered
immediate and free medical treatment for those who sustained injuries in the
"Already three out of the injured victims have been
referred to the National Orthopedic Hospital, Dala, Kano, for further medical
care at government expense," the statement said.
It urged Yobe residents not to relent in their exemplary
support and cooperation with security agents and continue to pray for the full
restoration of peace and security in the area.