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Yobe premier appeals for more troops

29 October 2013, 07:36Augustine Osayande

Abuja – Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, appealed to the federal government to deploy more troops to the regions that were most vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

“The Federal Government and the Defence Headquarters need to deplore more men and sophisticated weapons to all the troubled states which have always been frequently attacked by the insurgents in order to tackle and wade off the attacks and win the war against terrorists,” he said in Dumaturu during an assessment of sites damaged by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

“Based on what I have seen in the course of the visit to all the sites destroyed by the insurgents, it reveals that they have more sophisticated arms that can wreak havoc within a very short time,” he added following the attack last Thursday.

He said the state would compensate victims of the terror attacks.

Gaidam said families of those killed in the attack would be assisted with the sum of N 1 million while those that sustained injuries in the attack would be given half the amount and above depending on the degree of the injuries sustained.

During his tour, the governor visited the Presidential Lodge where he was shown some vehicles, arms and ammunition recovered from the insurgents before he proceeded to the 233 military battalion at Kukareta, which the insurgents attacked with Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) and burnt down most of the structure at the site.

He also visited the anti-terrorists squad base where five residential houses were razed down before visiting the mobile base, the C Division, the Area Command to assess the level of destruction.

He and the Commandant of the 233 battalion, Col. AO Abdullahi, toured the military base while the State Commissioner of Police, Rufai Sanusi, guided him on a visit to the police base.

– CAJ News



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