Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State could not hold back his tears when he visited the Damaturu’s specialist hospital where the injured from a fresh Boko Haram attack were recuperating.
The critically injured; five students, three of whom have fractures, one has a abdominal injury and another a bullet wound lied helplessly at the hospital as the governor sympathised with them. He couldn’t however hold himself at the sight of 40 corpses, all students of the School of Agriculture, Gujba, the latest victims of the Boko Haram massacre.
The Medical Director, Damaturu Specialist Hospital, Dr Garba Fika, confirmed that 40 students of the college were killed in the attack early Sunday.
Speaking amid tears, the governor 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, attacks which had led to the death of 29 students and three teachers.
Seven students and two teachers were in June killed at Government Secondary School Damaturu. In July, 22 students and two teachers were killed at Government Secondary School Mamudo.
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.
Aliyu said its members were seriously concerned at renewed attacks on innocent people, following Sunday’s killing of 40 students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe State, as well as the killing of 15 persons in Zangang community in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“The forum is particularly alarmed that the shooting to dead of 40 students of the College of Education; Gujba, Yobe State followed the same pattern as the killing of 22 students and a teacher at Government Secondary School, Mamudo in the same state last July,” said a statement signed by Mr. Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.