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After Dreadful Siege, Gov. Gaidam Imposes Dusk to Dawn Curfew On Damanturu

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Bornor State

From Mustapha Abdul Salaam 

After 24 hours of dreadful siege on Damanturu, the Yobe State capital, by the Boko Haram insurgents, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on all parts of the capital city and its environs.

The Monday siege by the militants sparked violent engagements between the terrorists and the Military, a development that created tension and forced many residents to abandon their houses and seek protection in safer locations.

A statement issued Tuesday and made available to journalists by Governor Gaidam’s Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego confirmed that the curfew was with immediate effect.

The Governor therefore urged the residents to remain calm and stay in their houses while the curfew lasted.

The decision according to the statement was taken after consultation with the high security hierachies of the State who the Governor hailed their men for doing good job to douse yesterday escalation by facing the insurgents, to end their mopping exercise.

Meanwhile, Governor Gaidam has expressed his appreciation to the residents of Damanturu as well as people of the State on their support and cooperation with the security operatives. He urged them to sustain the support while prayed for peace to be restored in the North Esatern States and the country as a whole.

Monday dreadful siege on the State capital extended to the State House, as the insurgents attempted assess into it, with the aim of taking over the state.

Yobe State has been seriously hit in the renewed attacks, which include suicide bombing, shooting, attacks on towns and villages as well as their taking over by the dreaded Boko Haram members.

Nigeria insurgency is over five years and three North Eastern States – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe have suffered devastating attacks by the terrorists and recorded colossus human and material losses.

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