The Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, has reiterated calls for telecommunication service in the state to be restored to avert more catastrophes and aid free flow of information from distressed persons and those with useful information that could lead to the clampdown of terrorists.
Gaidam told a team from the defence headquarters who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Damaturu, that the attack last Saturday on a boarding school in the state could have been prevented, if there was free flow of information.
The governor said the criminals who attacked a secondary school inMamudo town in which 33 persons were killed were sighted by people in the town some hours before the attack but could not report the suspicious movement to the Joint Task Force, JTFbecause there was no GSM service.
Yobe is one of three states currently without GSM service because of the state of emergency declared by President GoodluckJonathan.
Others are Adamawa and Borno States.
The governor also called on the JTF operating in the state to review its strategies to achieve more results.
The chief of research and development, defence headquarters, Collins Ariahu, who led the team to the governor’s office, said that the military is determined to ensure peace and stability in the state.
He said he would submit the report of his findings to the defenceheadquarters for necessary action and assured that attacks such as the one last week at GSS Mamudo would not happen again.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has also urged the President to restore cell phone services in the three states under emergency rule to facilitate communications between residents and security agencies.
The House said restoring the service would also enable the circulation of useful security information to fight insurgency in the country.