Abuja - Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has condemned the attack on a football viewing centre in Damaturu, the state capital, where 14 people were killed and several injured on Tuesday.
He described the act as "heinous, barbaric and totally unjustifiable."
The governor in a statement by his Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information, Mallam Abdullahi Bego tasked security agents currently engaged in the war against insurgency to intensify the fight to ensure the protection of life and property.
"The Governor is deeply saddened by the loss of innocent lives at a time that the good people of the state have stepped up prayers and support and cooperation with security agencies against criminal activities," said Bego.
"The governor's thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives in the attack and those who sustained injuries," the statement read.
The governor asked his deputy, Engr Abubakar Ali, to extend his condolences to the families of victims and instructed him to visit the hospital where the injured were recovering.
He directed the State Ministry of Health and the Hospitals Management Board to provide free medical services and care for those who sustained injuries in the attack.
He also called on the people of the state not to relent in their support for ongoing efforts to restore peace and security.
"With their prayers, vigilance and continuing support to security agents, the people of the state will surely triumph against the forces of evil that are unleashing mayhem on the innocent," Bego was quoted as saying.
Police had before the World Cup warned of the dangers of frequenting football viewing centres amid increasing terror attacks.
- CAJ News