The Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, has condemned the bomb attack on a Sunday market in Damaturu, describing it as ‘callous, barbaric and unjustifiable’.
The statement is coming after a female suicide bomber of about 10 years detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the main entrance of the market in Yobe State’s capital in Nigeria’s volatile north-east.
Governor Gaidam’s solemnity was revealed in a statement issued by his spokesman, Abdullahi Bego.
“It has been another sad day in our State in which innocent people were again the target of blood-thirsty terrorists,” he said.
The Governor also commiserated with families of the victims of the horrific bomb attack, which left at least 15 dead and scores injured.
According the statement, his “thoughts and prayers are with the families of victims and those who sustained injuries”.
Governor Gaidam further called on “security agencies in the State to step up surveillance and the people to remain very vigilant about happenings in their areas and report any suspicious persons or movements to the nearest security point or jurisdiction”.
He directed hospital authorities at the Sani Abatcha Specialist Hospital, Damaturu, where the injured have been taken for medical attention, to provide immediate and free medical services to victims.
The Governor then urged the people to pray that peace and security would be restored in Yobe State and the country at large.