Geidam seeks return of telephone services to troubled areas

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam, has called on the military authorities to reconsider the issue of outage of GSM telephones services as it will help in passing information to security agencies, especially in the light of the current security situation in the state.

The governor spoke while receiving the Defence Headquarters fact-finding team in his office in Damaturu.

The governor stressed that the incident in Mamudo was an unfortunate and painful disaster and like many other facilities, the school was situated in a forested environment, hence the terrorists exploited the situation to attack the school and defenceless students.

He said such places would require extraordinary protection and called for appropriate strategies to tackle the peculiar security challenges in such localities.

He commended the Federal Government and the Defence Headquarters for the interest shown in the security of the state by promptly sending the fact-finding team after the weekend terrorist attack on Government Secondary School, Mamudo.

While noting that the gesture was the first of its kind in response to a disaster in the state, he declared that the Joint Task Force (JTF) deployed in the state was doing its best in addressing the security challenges.

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Geidam stated that his government realised the importance of peace, as it has no alternative, even as he declared that the state would continue to support the activities and operations of JTF there.

Earlier in his remarks, leader of the DHQ team, Major General Obinali Ariahu, informed the governor that the team was in the state to assess the performance of the deployed JTF troops, and to know their requirements for their task in forestalling breach there.

He conveyed the sympathy and condolences of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to the government and people of Yobe State on the loss of lives occasioned by the terrorist attacks on the school and other locations.

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General Ariahu informed the governor that the team had visited the scene of the incident at Mamudo, as well as various troops’ locations, assuring that the outcome of its mission, especially as it concerns the attack on the school, would be presented for due analysis and action by the DHQ, with a view to enhancing the capacity of the forces to prevent or respond to similar occurrences in the future.

He stated that the team had earlier interacted with community leaders, local government officials, education authorities, and teachers in Mamudo and environs, to obtain necessary information.

It also interviewed commanders and troops in the area, he said.

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