Boko Haram bombing: Yobe shuts all schools

The Yobe State Government has closed down all public and private schools in the state, following Monday’s suicide bomb attack on Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum.

The attack claimed 48 lives and injured 79 others.

The Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Lamin, said in a statement in Damaturu on Tuesday, that the closure was with immediate effect.

Mr. Lamin said that government decided to close the schools to enable it adopt more security measures to guarantee the safety of students, teachers and the school environment across the state.

Monday’s attack has been condemned both in Nigeria and by the international community. The UN, U.S., and UNICEF all released statements condemning the suicide attack by a suspected member of the Boko Haram.

Meanwhile, Alkali Jajere, who represents Yobe South Senatorial District in the Senate, has appealed for a change in strategy by security operatives to contain insurgency in the state.

Mr. Jajere, who spoke with journalists in Damaturu, said the renewed attacks on innocent people of the state called for a change in strategy in the fight against insurgency.

“The number one responsibility of government is to protect the lives and property of the citizenry; government must live up to this basic responsibility.

 “We are optimistic that with the necessary support and motivation, the Nigerian security forces can defeat insurgency,” he said.

The senator urged security officials to respect the rules of engagement in their operation, and called for synergy between law enforcement agents and the public, to effectively fight insurgency.

(NAN)

Idris Akinbajo
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  • Damian

    How come only the soldiers are reminded of rules of engagement by most northern elders? Obviously the BH group has shown a lot of respect for this same rule by bombing innocent students, bombing civil servant waiting to withdraw thier money
    from ATM, attacking law abiding workers in thier factory etc. Northern elders should give the soldiers a break please.

    • Otile

      Why are the soldiers attacking Muslims, why not allow them to hoist their flags on their 12 sharia states? What is the rest of continent Nigeria gaining from those sharia states beside violence?

      Long live the Islamic Caliphate of Arewa
      Death to those who oppose their Independence

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  • UOU

    The currency and manner of reporting this bombings portends something very suspicious about some tabloids. How can same tabloids that are clearly owned by the oppositions, be openly rejoicing and celebrating the callous acts of this evil sect, especially when and where lives and properties are lost yet they want people not to suspect connivance somehow?