Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has announced the immediate closure of all schools in the state to forestall further attacks on students by the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, a day after militants killed more than 30 students in a school.
Mr. Gaidam said the decision was the best option for the government to protect the students from further attacks.
Armed insurgents stormed Government Secondary School, Mamudo in Potiskum local government area of Yobe state, assembled the students and opened fire at them, killing at least 24 of them and injuring several others.
The gunmen who also shot dead a teacher escaped without any arrest.
Mr. Gaidam had largely attributed the deaths to the shutdown of telecommunication in the state by security forces hunting the militants, saying it prevented people in distress from alerting the security operatives.
The governor, who visited the hospital where four other injured students were lying critically in bed, described the attack as wicked.
In a press statement issued by Abdullahi Bego, Governor Gaidam’s spokesman, shortly after visiting Potiskum General hospital, the governor directed that all secondary schools in the state be closed down from Monday 8th July 2013 until a new academic session begins in September.
“The measure is to allow the state government in collaboration with the Joint Security Task Force (JTF) and community leaders to evaluate and evolve better and additional strategies that would ensure the safety and security of students and their teachers,” the statement said.
The Governor called on the federal government and military authorities to order the restoration of GSM service across the state.
He said lack of GSM service has prevented patriotic citizens who have hitherto been collaborating with security agents from reporting suspicious movements in their neighborhoods.