By Bala Ajiya
About 137 students may have been killed in four separate attacks on schools in Yobe State between June 2013 and February 2014, Abuja Bulletin findings showed. The latest attack recorded the highest number of deaths which stood at 59. In June 2013, the Boko Haram sect invaded Government Secondary School, Damaturu, the state capital and killed eight students and one teacher at a time the students were taking dinner.
The out-cry that followed the gruesome killing had hardly died down when, in July of the same year, insurgents struck at another Government Secondary School, this time in Mamudo, Potiskum local government area, about 90km from Damaturu. 29 students were slaughtered in the mid night attack as the community slept and nobody came to the rescue of the hapless students.
The Boko Haram onslaught continued when the Islamist group stormed the College of Agriculture in Gujba local government area. They had a field day, shooting and killing about 40 students also in the midnight. The three previous attacks have left many wondering why the fourth and the latest assault was not prevented.
It will be recalled that all schools were closed, last year, in Yobe as a result of serial attacks on schools and students, but re-opened when the military gave assurance it would protect lives and property, particularly students. A day to the attack, the JTF was alleged to have withdrawn soldiers from Buni-yadi, thus making it easier for the insurgents to invade and operate for almost five hours that the massacre took place.