Lagos – The European Union (EU) has condemned the killing of more than 40 students in Yobe State on Sunday.
The killings, which EU described as “horrific”, have been blamed on the members of the Boko Haram sect.
Reacting to the killing, spokesperson of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton, described the attack as “horrendous, callous and devoid of any shred of humanity.”
“The High Representative condemns the horrific terrorist attack perpetrated today in Yobe State and those that took place on previous days and weeks in Northern Nigeria in Abuja and elsewhere. Her thoughts are with the victims and their families. The High Representative reiterates the EU’s firm rejection of such unjustifiable violence, whoever the perpetrators. The attack clearly targeted children and students," she said.
"Those responsible for this and all other attacks must be brought to justice and be held responsible for their acts. The EU stands firmly with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism, under the principles of the rule of law, including full respect and protection of human rights.”
Students at the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe were killed in the early hours on Sunday.
Military authorities said some of the students were shot on their beds while others were lined up and shot on the head. Several others who tried to flee were also killed.
This is the first major attack by the sect since the resurgence of the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, who was initially reported to have been killed by the Joint Military Task Force.
The group carried out a similar killing of 22 students and a teacher at Government Secondary School, Mamudo in the same state last July.
– CAJ News