Attacks in Yobe…Death Toll in Damaturu Multiple Blasts Rises To 18, CDS, Service Chiefs Meet To Re-strategise Military Operations

The death toll in the multiple blasts in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, Nigeria’s Northeast region has increased to 18.

The blasts went off at the Buhari Housing Estate Damaturu, Yobe State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Yobe command Toyin Gbadegesin explained that the first blast took place at a Fulani Local Settlement outskirt of Damaturu the state capital while the other two were carried out at the Mohammadu Buhari Housing Estate in Damaturu metropolis.

A witness at the scene of the blast and father of an under graduate killed in the blast, who narrated his ordeal expressed sadness that the deceased is due for registration into the Yobe State University when the sad incident occurred.

The injured have been taken to the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital where they are receiving treatment.

Yesterday’s blasts came less than a month after a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at a major motor park also in Damaturu claiming 6 lives and leaving 43 injured.

As if this unfortunate event wasn’t bad enough…

Geidam Town of Yobe state north east Nigeria came under attack by suspected members of the terrorists group Boko Haram, residents say.

Residents said that sporadic gunshots were being heard across town while improvised explosive devices were being detonated at some locations within the town.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state ASP Toyin Gbadegesin, who confirmed the attack said “the militants were making efforts to invade the town but security forces on ground are well in control of the situation”

The PPRO said security forces are well aware of their responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the people and urged them to remain calm and go about their normal businesses.

He also called on the people “to continue to partner with security agents towards the restoration of peace in the state and the country at large.

Geidam Town last came under attack in March this year with residents fleeing into Meine-Soroa of Niger republic and other major towns in the state before returning to their homes weeks after the restoration of peace in the area.

Geidam is one of the major towns of the state and is located 183 kilometres north of Damaturu, the state capital. It is also a border town between Nigeria and the Republic of Niger.

CDS, Service Chiefs Meet To Re-strategise Military Operations

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonishakin, has met with top military officers to re-strategise the operations of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The CDS, in company with the Chiefs of Air and Naval Staff as well as other senior military officers converged on 97 Special Operation Group of the Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

General Olonishakin told journalists that the service chiefs were meeting to re-strategise on military operations in the fight against terror.

The CDS expressed optimism that in spite of the recent resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in parts of the country and the recent explosions in Damaturu, Yobe State, the military is poised to meet President Buhari’s deadline to end insurgency by the end of the year.

The Nigerian Army also reiterated its willingness to continue to collaborate with the Republic of Korean Army in building capacity of its military for efficient performance.

Olonisakin condoled with families of seven soldiers who lost their lives during a gun battle with members of Boko Haram on Tuesday in Damaturu, Yobe State, promising that the military was on top of the situation to forestall any recurrence of the incident.

“The essence of our visit to Port Harcourt is to look at the operational readiness and preparedness of the troops and to see how we can enhance their performances. We are working on the December deadline by Mr. President. We are re-addressing our strategies to ensure we comply with the order.

“I must say that we sympathise with the families of those that have lost their loved ones in that incident. The military is on top of it to ensure that we checkmate such reoccurrences,” Olonisakin said.

Olonisakin was also at the 97 Special Operations Group, Airforce Base, Port Harcourt, with the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, and other security chiefs, where he had a meeting with security personnel.

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