By: TINA PHINEAS, Yola
Governor Muhammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa State has condemned the recent attacks by herdsmen that resulted in the loss of lives and the displacement of thousands from communities in the state..
Bindow who described the killings as a set back to the progress and developmental strides of his government, has vowed to mobilise all resources to ensure that the situation is brought to a halt as soon as possible.
Jibrilla made the remarks in a press statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ahmed Sajoh.
According to the statement, Bindow has condemned in strong terms the recent attacks on Bujum-Kona, Sabon Layi and Bujum-Yashi communities in Demsa and Numan and Kola in Guyuk Local government Areas.
“Government cannot continue to condone such acts capable of undermining the peace of the State and scuttling the development efforts of the State Government”, it stated.
The spill-over effects of of the attacks on the border of Adamawa and Taraba states resulted in an influx of Internally Displaced Persons in both Gorobi in Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area and Kpasam in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
“This has exacerbated the Humanitarian situation facing the state as a result of the Insurgency and earlier attacks in the State.
In response to the crisis, the Governor has directed the Deputy Governor to convene an urgent Security Council meeting to ensure swift and prompt deployment of Security Forces to the affected Areas.
The Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency ADSEMA and the Commissioner for Health were also mandated to ensure the immediate delivery of Food, non-food items and necessary medications to the affected communities.
Bindow has equally called on the people of Adamawa State to embrace peace and peaceful coexistence as the only option for the progress and development of the State.
The statement also revealed that an additional combined team of the Army, Police and Civil Defence will move to the areas immediately in order to secure the affected communities and protect civilians particularly Internally Displaced Persons.