From Umar Dankano, Yola.
The Adamawa state government has expressed its commitment to work with all relevant authorities especially the Nigerian military to bring insecurity challenge facing the North East to an end soon.
The state government’s delegation made the government’s position public when they paid a visit to Gulak town to commiserate with the people over Monday’s night attack by insurgents which led to loss of two lives and properties.
Leader of the delegation and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ahmad Sajoh assured the people of government’s commitment to the security of lives and property.
“The governor has sent me here to commiserate with you over the unfortunate incident and to tell you that government will not forget you at this moment of need.
“He also directed me to commend our gallant soldiers, policemen and other operatives including our local hunters and vigilante for repelling the terrorists and making it clear to them that defeat is always waiting for them,” Sajoh said.
Sajoh said that the delegation would assess damages done to houses during the encounter and recommend how to assist victims in rehabilitating their houses.
Briefing the delegation, Capt. A.I Musa, said the attacking insurgents storm the town with heavy weapons including a car filled with the bomb which they exploded at a major check point in the town killing a soldier.
Musa commended the support shown to the military by local soldiers by local hunters and vigilante who came out to join the military in repelling the insurgents.
In their respective speech, the member representing Madagali constituency, Mr Emmanuel Tsamdu, the chairman of Madagali Council, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed, and the District Head of Gulak, Alhaji Bello Ijadi, lauded the government for it show of concern and support to the people of Gulak.
They called for more deployment of soldiers to the area which they observed was facing incessant attacks due to its closeness to Sambisa Forest.
The observed that the place was just few kilometres to Sambisa Forest and needed more deployment of soldiers and other security personnel to contain the threats from insurgents looking for food.
During the visit, the team visited Gulak Market to interact with traders and had a closed door meeting with stakeholders comprising security personnel, politicians, traditional and religious leaders.