The government of Adamawa State is ready to consider a temporary review of the use of hijab in security prone areas of the state as a result of the recent increase in cases of suicide bombers.
The disclosure was made by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, on Saturday, December 10 while he addressed journalists on the outcome of an emergency security meeting held against the backdrop of the twin bomb blasts on Friday, December 9, in Madagali market which led to the death of many people, leaving many others injured.
According to the commissioner, the state governor, Muhammadu Bindow would have a meeting with members of Adamawa Muslim Council and other stakeholders to discuss the possibility of banning the use of hijab as a temporary measure of checkmating a re-occurrence of such incident. This was because those that carried out the Madagali suicide attack were covered with hijab.
He further stated that the meeting also called attention to the need for people to be more vigilant during this festive period especially 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.”
The Commissioner said victims of the attack were responding to treatment in Michika General Hospital and already, the governor had issued a directive for 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 number of deaths from Friday’s suicide bombing attacks in Madagali town, Adamawa state, has increased to 56, according to various media sources.