Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam on Monday asked security operatives to intensify aerial surveillance and conduct mop up operation around the vulnerable areas across the state and beyond.
This, the governor said is necessary to end the Boko Haram insurgency and ensure quick rescue of the abducted schoolgirls of Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, Yobe State.
Gaidam who received the Chairman and members of the fact finding committee to unravel the circumstances behind the abduction of the Dapchi School Girls said this will ensure fishing out the terrorists from their hideouts.
“Carrying out aerial surveillance and mop up operation around the hideouts of the insurgents will curtail their operation thereby restoring peace in the state and beyond.
“I appeal to the Federal Government to come up with comprehensive strategy of mopping up remnants of the insurgents in all their hideouts within and outside the state,” the governor said.
The Governor said he had pleaded with the Chief of Army Staff and the theatre commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole for the restoration of Army personnel in Dapchi and praised their prompt response even as they have deploy securities to schools across the state and other vulnerable areas.
While raising optimism that the committee will work towards the actualisation of its set objectives, Governor Gaidam assured the team that his government and people of the state will accord them the needed support.
“It is my hope that the committee would be strictly guided by its terms of references and we are also hopeful that they will justify the confidence and trust reposed in them in them by the National Security Adviser and indeed all Nigerians.”
The leader of the fact finding team, Rear Admiral Victor Adedipe informed the Governor that the committee will trace the circumstances that led to the abduction of the schoolgirls as well as suggest ways of preventing further occurrence among others.
The committee according to Adedipe has earlier interacted with the Chief of Army Staff and the theatre commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri and will hold similar discussion with the GOC 3rd Division in and other relevant stakeholders in Yobe state.
The committee which has 12 members drawn from various security outfits and others relevant stakeholders also has two representatives from Yobe state.
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