A spate of killings that started after the Sallah has claimed20 lives in Damaturu

Residents of Damaturu, the Yobe state capital are panicking over a recent spate of killings that allegedly left more than 20 people slaughtered in various parts of the state in the last few days.

State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, on Friday in a special broadcast to the people of the state on the security situation and related issues, commiserated with the people over the loss of lives and property while he appealed for calm and continuous prayers towards the restoration of sanity in the state.

?We have not witnessed the normalcy we desire and people have continued to panic and flee Damaturu in thousands making it look like a ghost town,? he said.

The Governor sympathised with all those who lost their loved ones or property in the attacks as well as those who were traumatised by the flood disasters and heavy rainfall recently, urging them to take heart.

Gaidam also directed all the traditional rulers to ensure that community leaders embark on assurance and confidence building and interactions with the people in their domains.

A resident who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that the serial killing started since the Eid-el-fitr Sallah festival, saying the worst hit areas, which has been declared a no go zone are Ajari, Powari, Gwange, Nasarawa and Jerusalem wards respectively.

Damaturu also happens to be in an area where Islamist sect Boko Haram has been very active in recent times.

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