*says government will intervene to support victims
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya on Saturday visited Billiri town to assess the level of damages recorded as a result of violent protests by some unscrupulous elements in the area.
This was made known in a statement signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs)Government House, Gombe, Ismaila Uba Misilli.
The Governor, who had to cut short his official engagements in Abuja, had upon his arrival, proceeded straight to Billiri to see things for himself and sympathise with the victims of the mayhem.
Speaking to journalists at the popular Kantoma Market which was incinerated by the rampaging protesters, the Governor condemned the dastardly act unleashed by those he described as criminals and unpatriotic citizens.
He assured that government will intervene to ensure those that lost their property are supported, promising that perpetrators of the wanton destruction and their sponsors will be fished out to face the wrath of the law.
He said the incident represents a serious threat to peace and stability of Gombe State.
“Government is still on the selection process of appointing a new Mai but some forces took advantage of the development to cause mayhem just to achieve their personal goal which as you all witnessed today resulted to loss of lives and property. We condemn the criminal behaviour and actions committed by those unscrupulous elements and we sympathise with the families of those who lost their lives and property in this unfortunate incident”.
He said the 24 hour curfew imposed on the local government area will remain in effect until normalcy is restored.
The Governor was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, Speaker of Gombe State House of Assembly, Hon. Abubakar Luggerewo, Majority leader and some members of the House, SSG Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari, Commissioner of Internal Security, Commissioner of Police, Director SSS among others.