JUST IN: Boko Haram stops Yobe governor, Gaidam from voting

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has been prevented from going to cast his vote by Boko Haram terrorists.

This was disclosed in a statement on Saturday by the Director-General for Press Affairs to the governor, Abdullahi Bego.

He said the governor’s decision followed reports of attacks on two communities in the state in the early hours of Saturday.

Bego said the first attack occurred in Gaidam town while the second attack occurred at Bunu Yadi area of the state.

However, the state government has commended security agencies for their commendable and continuing effort to ensure a peaceful and successful election across the state.

Bego explained that Governor Gaidam did not travel to his Bukarti ward near Gaidam town – and 230 kilometres away from the state capital – to cast his vote.

He said: “This is because of the incident in Gaidam town early in the day, which has already been brought under control and voting is now underway there, the security agencies would naturally seek to reinforce and increase security around the governor for him to travel to cast his vote.

“That 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.

“The government made the decision – in consultation with the security agencies – that it is better and more useful for the security agents, including soldiers, police, Civil Defence, DSS, etc to focus their attention on providing security for the election throughout the state.

“As things stand now, voting is going on successfully across the state and His Excellency Governor Gaidam is pleased and grateful to the people for the large turnout at polling units throughout the state”.

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