– The Adamawa state government is set to review the use of hijab in the state
– This decision was taken following the recent bomb blast in the state
The Adamawa state government is set to consider a temporary review of the use of hijab in security prone areas of the state following the recent spate of suicide bombers.
Speaking on Saturday, December 10, Ahmad Sajoh, the state commissioner for information and strategy revealed this.
Following the twin bomb blasts on Friday, December 9, in Madagali market that led to many dead and injuries. Sajoh addressed journalists on the outcome of an emergency security meeting.
The commissioner said the state governor, Muhammadu Bindow would meet with members of Adamawa Muslim Council and other stakeholders to discuss the possibility of banning hijab use as a temporary measure.
This was because those that carried out the Madagali suicide attack were in hijab.
He said the meeting also underscored the need for people to be more vigilant during this festive period and in places like markets, motor parks, churches and mosques.
“We also resolved in the meeting, based on security recommendations, to assist members of vigilance groups in the areas in view of their contribution to security agencies.
“We also want to appeal to the media on sensational reporting and the need to verify their facts before reporting. The media need to know that the terrorists are banking on such sensational reports,” he said.
The commissioner said victims of the attack were responding to treatment in Michika General Hospital and already, the governor had directed all health personnel in neighbouring Hong and Mubi Local Governments to move to the affected area.
“The state emergency management agency has also been directed to give urgent support to victims and relations of victims.”
Meanwhile, the death toll from Friday’s suicide bombing attacks in Madagali town, Adamawa state, has risen to 56, according to varios media resources.