There was panic in the Yobe state capital of Damaturu last week after suspected terrorists killed 20 people in a series of murders. The Vanguard reported that the serial killings have been ongoing since the Sallah holiday. The murders have gone unchecked since the Islamic religious holiday prompting scared residents to flee.
Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, reacted to the recent killings and the increasing number of residents fleeing the restive state in a special broadcast on Friday. He said “we have not witnessed the normalcy we desire and people have continued to panic and flee Damaturu in thousands making it look like a ghost town”.
He further sympathized with the families of victims who have been killed in the ongoing sectarian violence and vowed to control the situation and curb the growing violence in the northern state.
Governor Gaidam then called on traditional rulers to direct their community leaders to reassure residents in an effort to keep them from fleeing.