Forty students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe, were killed by gunmen suspected to belong to the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram in the early hours of Sunday.
The Medical Director, Damaturu Specialist Hospital, Dr. Garba Fika, who confirmed the death when Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe visited the hospital to inspect the wounded and the corpses of students deposited at the mortuary, said that five students including three with fractures, one with bullet wound and other with abdominal injury were receiving treatment at the hospital.
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 13 days ago after 10 weeks of forced closure following attacks targeted on schools that claimed the lives of 29 students and three teachers.
In June this year, seven students and two teachers were killed at Government Secondary School Damaturu while another 22 students and two teachers were killed at Government Secondary School Mamudo in July.
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
“We are shocked, saddened and scared of sending our wards back to school with these ugly incidents of attack on schools in Damaturu, Mamudo and now, Gujba,” of the bereaved parents said.
Meanwhile the Northern States Governors’ Forum, on Sunday, urged security agencies to “take urgent steps to halt the senseless killing of defenceless citizens”.
Speaking through its Chairman, Gov. Babangida Aliyu, the Forum, in a statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Danladi Ndayebo, also called for an end to ‘attacks on places of worship and educational facilities.’
The Forum was reacting to the murder on Saturday, of 38 students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe State, and the killing of 15 persons in Zangang, a community in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“The forum is particularly alarmed that the shooting to death of 38 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,” it said.
While commiserating with the families of the victims, the Forum prayed God to grant eternal rest to the deceased, as well as quick recovery to those who sustained injuries.
It called on security agencies to intensify efforts at protecting the lives and property of citizens, and also ensure that those behind the violence in the region, were apprehended and brought to justice.