The governor of Yobe state Ibrahim Gaidam was unable to cast his ballot in the presidential and national assembly elections that held across Nigeria on Saturday, February 23.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Governor Gaidam could not travel to Bukarti, his country home, in Yunusari local government area of the state to vote after Boko Haram insurgents staged an early morning attack in Geidam.
The governor's media aide Abdullahi Bego confirmed the development in a statement released to NAN on Saturday in Damaturu.
Bego stated that the governor could not partake in the exercise because of the attack but noted that the situation was now under control and voting was going on.
He said: “The security agencies would naturally seek to reinforce and increase security around the governor for him to travel to cast his vote.
“The increased security around the governor will mean that vital security resources that are needed elsewhere in the state would have to be diverted and allocated to the governor.
“It is better and more useful for the security agents, including soldiers, police, civil defence, DSS, to focus their attention on providing security for the election than devoting large security contingent for the governor to cast his vote."
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Gaidam town in Yobe state came under Boko Haram attack barely one hour to the commencement of 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections.
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The attackers were sighted at Maladari, a village located 6km to Gaidam around 3am.
“They arrived Gaidam around 6:15am and began shooting sporadically.
“Residents including traditional rulers had fled the town. I’m currently taking refuge at Bukarti, the state governor’s village but we were told that the attackers are on their way here,” a resident who simply gave his name as Muhammad said.
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