As the military continues its clampdown on the insurgents who attacked Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, on Monday, the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has shut down the town.
The governor has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the town, while praising the military and security agencies for their gallantry in the battle against the insurgents, some of whom are still believed to be hiding in the capital town.
The curfew on Damaturu has made it impossible for people to travel outside Maiduguri, the capital of yet another troubled state, Borno, as the Yobe capital has remained the only route in and out of the birthplace of the deadly sect.
A statement by Mallam Abdullahi Bego, the Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information to the Yobe state governor, e-mailed to journalists covering the state on Tuesday, stated that the governor has approved the imposition of a 24-hour curfew in Damaturu, the State Capital.
The statement, which stated that the curfew is effective immediately, advised all residents of the town to remain in their homes until the curfew is relaxed.
Bego said in the statement that the “decision is taken in consultation with heads of law enforcement agencies in the State as part of measures to enable the security agents, who did a great job yesterday of repelling insurgent attacks on the town, to conclude their ongoing assignment.”
“His Excellency Governor Gaidam has expressed his appreciation to the residents of the State Capital, and to people all across the State, for their support and cooperation with security agents,” while urging the “people to continue to support the security efforts and to pray to Almighty Allah (SWT) for the return of peace and security.”