Billiri Protest: Gombe governor condemns destruction
Vows to Bring Perpetrators to Book as he assured that Government to Support Victims
Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has sympathized with the victims of the anarchy recorded in Billiri the headquarters of the Billiri Local Government Area of the state.
The governor had on Saturday cut short his engagements in Abuja to visit Billiri town to assess the level of damages recorded as a result of violent protests by some unscrupulous elements in the area.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after accessing the affected areas the Governor condemned the dastardly act unleashed by those he described as criminals and unpatriotic citizens.
Standing at the popular Kantoma market which was incinerated by the rampaging protesters, Governor Yahaya assured that government will intervene and support those that lost their property.
He promised 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,” the Governor stated.
He said the 24 hour curfew earlier imposed on the LGA 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, and Hon. Abubakar Luggerewo among others.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP Maikudi Shehu and the State Director of State Security Services (SSS) as well as the state Commissioner of Internal Security were also present during the governor’s visit.