• 2 houses, 3 schools,14 vehicles set ablaze
•Gov declares curfew
Director, Finance and Supply in the Yobe State Science and Technical Board, Malam Ado Jespa, his neighbour simply identified as Malam Sagir and two security guards were slaughtered by gunmen in Potiskum, Yobe State yesterday.
The gunmen, who launched coordinated attacks at about 2a.m in different locations also set ablaze the homes of Customs Area Comptroller, Alhaji Yusuf Umar and a House of Representatives member representing Potiskum/Nangere Federal Constituency, Alhaji Abubakar Mainasara. The security guards, it was gathered, were killed in the home of the Customs officer and Federal lawmaker. No fewer than 18 vehicles and three schools were also razed down by the rampaging attackers.
The affected schools are Government Science Secondary School, where four vehicles were burnt, College of Administration, Potiskum (CAPs), one of the surviving legacies of the premier of the Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello, where 14 vehicles were burnt and King Abdulazeez Model Islamic School. Spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Eli Lazarus confirmed the incident. “We are aware of most of these attacks and have advised the state government to impose curfew to curb the crimes, which they have done,”Lazarus said.
Meanwhile, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has reacted to the incident by imposing curfew on Potiskum . A statement by the Special Adviser to the governor on media, Abdullahi Bego stated that a dusk-to-dawn curfew would hold between 4p.m and 7a.m. until further notice