The Yobe state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam on Sunday has ordered the closure of all secondary schools after an attack on a Government Secondary School at Mamudo district that resulted in the massacre of about 42 people most of whom were students, by the Boko Haram sect.
“All secondary schools in the state are be closed down from Monday 8th July 2013 until a new academic session begins in September,” the statement reads.
Survivors reported that the assailants believed to be members of the Boko Haram insurgents rounded up students and staff in a dormitory before throwing explosives inside and opening fire.
A senior police officer said the students were asleep when the attackers stormed their school. They then started “shooting sporadically and subsequently set the students’ hostel ablaze,” he said.
It was the third school attack in the region in recent weeks, including two in Yobe.
The state government had also called on the military to restore mobile phone service, saying it was preventing residents from reporting suspicious activity.
Recall that there has been a mobile telephone shutdown including satellite phones in the three states under the state of emergency – Yobe, Borno and Adamawa – since mid-May when it launched an offensive in a bid to end a four-year insurgency by Boko Haram.