The Yobe Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam has ordered that all secondary schools in the state be closed down from Monday, July 8 till September when the new academic session commences.
The governor gave this directive after visiting the Government Secondary School, Mamudo where over twenty of the students were gruesomely murdered.
Reports say a teacher was killed, two students died in the hospital of their injuries and about twenty nine were killed by the insurgents while another resident of the community was traced to his home and killed shortly after the school attack.
According to the commissioner for Education, Mohammed Lamin, the gunmen assembled the students before shooting at them from different directions as the students scampered to safety.
Governor Gaidam who expressed deep emotion at the gruesome manner the students were killed prayed that God will expose the perpetrators and sponsors of the attack.
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Governor Ibrahim Gaidam called on the security forces to change their modus operandi in checking the activities of the dreaded Islamists to end the ceaseless attacks in the state and the north-east zone as a whole.
He also called on the Chief of Defense Staff and the security forces to as a matter of urgency consider the restoration of GSM services in the three states under the state of emergency as residents are finding it difficult to report perpetrators of the acts to relevant authorities as residents who has information to divulge to security agents are not able to reach the JTF.
He said in the two separate attacks on schools in the state, it was reported that residents saw the hoodlums at suburb of Damaturu the state capital but JTF could not be reached because of the absence of GSM services.
Governor Ibrahim Gaidam also revealed that boarding schools in the state will be fenced as the Joint Task force will provide the needed security across all schools in the state.
Yesterday’s attack has brought the number of schools attacked by the insurgents to two.
The three states under state of emergency have been without the services of the GSM networks all with the aim of curtailing the grouping and regrouping of the insurgents.
Meanwhile, the Yobe state governor Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam has directed that all secondary schools in the state be closed down from Monday 8th July until a new academic session begins in September.
A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Information Abdullahi Bego shortly after returning from Mamudo says “the measure is to allow government in collaboration with the Military Task Force and community leaders to evaluate and evoke better and additional strategies that would ensure the safety of and security of students and their teachers”.