Following an earlier attack a few days ago, Boko Haram have struck again with their latest school massacre to hit the North being the Federal Government College in the town of Buni Yadi in Yobe state.
According to reports, the attackers hurled explosives into student residential buildings, sprayed gunfire into rooms and hacked a number students to death. A senior medical source at the Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in Yobe’s capital Damaturu said the gunmen only targeted male students and that female students were “spared”.
The state’s police chief, Sanusi Rufai, confirmed the attack and had given an earlier death toll of 29 but a source has revealed to AFP that 43 bodies were taken to the morgue from the college as at his last count.
Another source, Adamu Garba, who teaches at a secondary school attached to the college, said the attackers first set ablaze the college administrative block, then moved to the hostels, where they locked students in and started firebombing the buildings.
President Goodluck Jonathan had on Monday referenced the Boko Haram slaughter of 106 people in Borno State just the past weekend stating that the Boko Haram attacks were “quite worrisome” but that he was sure “We will get over it.”
The Boko Haram wars and protests have been going on for 4 years.
According to reports, Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar today broke down in tears when informed of the massacre. It is said that the former Vice President particularly frowned at the impression given by President Goodluck Jonathan at his Presidential Media Chat on Monday that the government has been successful at pushing armed attacks to the fringes of the country. He also expressed his condolences for the lives lost and to the families of those affected.