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Outrage at Yobe students killings

30 September 2013, 07:27Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Political leaders, among them President Goodluck Jonathan, condemned the weekend  killing of more than 40 students at the College of Agriculture in Gujba, Yobe State by suspected members of Boko Haram Sect.

Speaking in a Presidential media chat, Jonathan described the attack as a “transient challenge.”

He assured Nigerians that the government would continue to do what was required to protect them.

Yobe Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, who visited the injured students at the Sani Abatcha Specialist Hospital in Damaturu, described the attack as devastating, heinous and barbaric.

He commiserated with families of the victims and assured them the state government would settle the bill for medical treatment for the injured.

Gaidam called on the military and other law enforcement operatives in the state to intensify surveillance and patrols to deal more effectively with the prevailing security challenges.

He noted that although there was increase in troop movement and the deployment of more military hardware in the northeast, people were yet to see the kind of action on the ground that effectively dealt with terrorists.

He pledged to continue to supporting security agencies to restore peace and security.

Gaidam called for regular patrols along the Maiduguri-Damaturu-Potiskum highway where many attacks had taken place.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar described the killing as senseless and tragic.

“As a father, I am deeply saddened by these senseless murders. These were young Nigerians studying agriculture with a goal of helping to feed our nation,” he said.

The Northern States Governors Forum, through its chairman, Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, described the killing as horrendous, callous and devoid of any shred of humanity.

The group called on security agencies to do more to protect lives and properties of citizens and ensure that those behind the violence in the region were brought to justice.

- CAJ News


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