Damaturu, the Yobe State capital city was yesterday gripped with fear as unknown gunmen attacked different parts of the town.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Yobe State Police Command, Toyin? Gbadegeshin, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), who confirmed the incident to LEADERSHIP through phone conversation said the police heard gunshots, in areas some wards? of Zango and Abacha area.
He added that, “As soon as we heard the gunshots, our men moved in and were able to put everything under control and so Damaturu the state capital is now calm but we are still combing the nooks and crannies of the town to effect arrest where possible.”
He however reported no casualty on the part of the security personnel.
Meanwhile,Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam has approved that the restriction of movement imposed across the State be relaxed with effect from today Monday 16th July, 2012 as follows.
This is contained in a press release by the Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, Abdullahi Bego
?According to the press release, .restriction of movement now starts from 10.00PM to 7.00AM in all parts of the State including Potiskum Town, while calling on members of the general public across the State can go about their legitimate businesses from 7.00AM until 10.PM daily.
The state adds that Curfew has been completely lifted in Nguru Town and that this revised restriction therefore does not affect Nguru Town while the ban on the use of motorcycles earlier imposed on Damaturu, Gujba, Gaidam, Potiskum and Bade Local Governments as well as Nguru Town remains in place.
?This means that the use of motorcycles is therefore still not allowed in Nguru Town and the five local governments affected by the declaration of State of Emergency.
The statement said the this measure was taken following a meeting that His Excellency the Governor had today with the heads of security and law enforcement agencies in the State.
The Governor Gaidam, according to the statement, has reminded members of the general public that the task of ensuring security is not the responsibility of the security agencies alone, and therefore urges people throughout the State to go about their legitimate businesses within the hours allowed and assures that the Joint Task Force (JTF) will continue to do everything necessary to ensure their safety.
He also urges members of the public to approach the forthcoming Holy Month of Ramadan with a renewed sense of determination to fervently pray to the Almighty Allah (SWT) to bring an end to the current incidences of insecurity and restore security and safety in our State and the country in general.