Boko Haram: Gov. Gaidam begs affected communities not to flee

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State

Following reported cases of mass exodus in communities recently attacked by Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe state, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has appealed to people in the affected communities not to panic or leave their communities.

The Governor, who made the appeal in a statement by Abdullahi Bego, Director General for Media Affairs, urged that the public remains calm and vigilant.

“Yobe State Government wishes to draw the attention to the heightened and continued effort of the military and other security agencies to ensure peace, security and the safety of people throughout the state,” the statement noted.

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The Governor therefore “The call becomes necessary following reports that some people in the affected areas were leaving their communities for other areas due to security concerns.

“While those concerns are understandable, the Yobe State Government urges that people should not panic or leave their communities,” Mr Gaidam pleaded.

According to him, in meetings with heads of security and law enforcement, he has been briefed about the range of efforts that are underway – by the military and all the security agencies on the ground – to approach and contain any threat to security in the state.

The governor assured that the public can remain confident that those measures are intense and comprehensive and that everything necessary is being done to ensure public safety.

Mr Gaidam, therefore, urged the people to sustain and build on this level of cooperation and continue to report to law enforcement whenever they notice anything suspicious in their communities.