The Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has described the Tuesday attack on a television viewing centre in Damaturu, the state capital, where 14 persons were killed and several others injured, 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 fight against insurgency to continue to do more to ensure the protection of life and property.
The statement read in part: "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, support and cooperation with security agencies against criminal activities.
"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 further read that the governor, who was currently away in Abuja on official engagement, had asked his deputy, Mr. Abubakar Ali, to extend his condolences to the families of the victims and instructed him to visit the hospital for the injured.
Gaidam, while describing the attack as "heinous, barbaric and totally unjustifiable," 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 the ongoing efforts to restore peace and security, adding that "with their prayers, vigilance and continous support for security agents, the people of the state will surely triumph against the forces of evil that are unleashing mayhem on the innocent."
It was gathered from hospital sources that 13 persons were killed and 20 others injured in the attack on the viewing centre in Damaturu.