Another Boko Haram North Massacre Claims 50 Students’ Life-As many as 50 students of a Northern Nigeria school were gunned down as suspected Boko Haram Islamic sect struck in a college of Agriculture culminating in over one thousand students fleeing the college.
The college provost said the student were gunned down as they slept in an early-morning raid attack in northeast Nigeria’s Yobe state College of Agriculture.
Moline Idi Mato, the provost of the College of Agriculture told The Associated Press that the gunmen also torched classrooms in the attack at about 1.am on Sunday in rural Gujba. The college is about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the scene of similar school attacks around Damaturu town.
He said security forces are still recovering bodies so he could not give an exact death toll. He said about 1,000 students had fled.
The situation however has created a state of fear as the Governor of the state visiting the injured on Sunday at the capital’s specialist hospital went down in tears.
Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam could just not hold-on emotions as he burst into tears in sympathy of those killed and the injured as he came face to face with bodies in the hospital with five affected students, three of whom have fractures, one has a abdominal injury and another a bullet wound.
He was also directed to the mortuary where the dead students of the School of Agriculture, Gujba, were being kept after the mindless massacre, necessitating his bitter outburst.
Director, Damaturu Specialist Hospital, Dr Garba Fika, confirmed that at least 40 students of the college were killed in the attack early on Sunday.
The governor, who spoke in tears, urged security operatives to intensify aerial surveillance of the area.
The state deputy governor, Abubakar Aliyu, the Provost of the College Mulima Mato, and other dignitaries also shed tears at the mortuary when they saw the corpses of the students.
Schools in Yobe re-opened just 13 days ago after 10 weeks of forced closure following unrelenting Boko Haram attacks on schools.
The attacks had led to the death of 29 students and three teachers.
In June this year, seven students and two teachers were killed at Government Secondary School Damaturu. In July, 22 students and two teachers were killed at Government Secondary School Mamudo.
As the government makes arrangement for the burial of the slain students, parents were seen in groups discussing the fate of their children in view of the serial attacks on schools in the state
Speaking in an interview with the NAN, a parent who requested anonymity said that he and other parents were scared of sending their children and wards to school.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Governor Babangida Aliyu has charged security agencies to do all within their powers to halt the killing of defenceless citizens, and attacks on places of worship and educational facilities especially in the North East, by members of extremist sect, Boko Haram.