Survivors of Damaturu secondary school attack narrate ordeal

Seven students and two teachers were killed by the gunmen.

Some students of Government Secondary School, Damaturu, on Tuesday narrated how they were attacked by suspected insurgents on Sunday night.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how seven students and two teachers were killed by the gunmen, suspected to be members of Boko Haram.

Some students said they had to jump out of their hostels through the window to run to safety.

Narrating their ordeal, the students said they noticed suspicious movements when the insurgents stormed the school at night, using torch-lights tied to their foreheads.

“Initially, we mistook them for army personnel on routine patrol but when they started shooting at random, we ran out of the school. Unfortunately, we could not call the JTF because there was no telecommunication service,” a student said.

He said that they were also scared of reaching a check-point close to the school along Gashua Road for fear of the security operatives mistaking them for the insurgents.

“The idea of going to the security men at the checkpoint occurred to us but we were scared of being mistaken for the attackers and may be shot by the security men. So, we stayed back at our hide-outs,” said another student.

Following the experience, some students said they would leave the school.

“I am not sure of coming back to this school because of this nasty experience. The memory will continue to haunt me if I come back,” the student said.

Meanwhile, as activities in the institution came to a standstill, some parents thronged the school to withdraw their children.

Some students, who live outside Damaturu, said they had no money to travel out of the town.

Some of the teachers, who were still in deep shock and mourning their slain colleagues and students when, said they had yet to recover from the experience and, therefore, not in the mood to comment on the incident.

Residents of Damaturu had appealed to the Federal Government to restore communication services in the states under emergency rule to enable them to provide security operatives useful information.

“This unfortunate incident at the secondary school could have been averted or checked if there was telephone service.

“The security operatives would have been alerted on phone when residents noticed suspicious movements of the attackers,” a resident said.


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