United Nations - The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has strongly condemned the killing of more than 50 students by gunmen at the College of Agriculture in Gujba, Yobe.
Suspected extremists gunned down the students and injured several others as they slept in their dormitories during a night attack early on Sunday.
According to the provost of the college, Molima Idi Mato, the assault began at about 1 a.m. when the extremists opened fire on the students.
Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, extended his condolence to the families of the bereaved and to the government and people of Nigeria on the tragic incident.
The secretary-general said he was alarmed at the increasing brutality and frequency of attacks targeted at students and teachers in the northern part of the country.
Ban, who demanded an immediate end to such outrageous and senseless crimes, said that ‘‘there can be no justification for such violence''.
The statement said that the secretary-general called for swift justice on the perpetrators and more efforts to prevent similar attacks as well as adequate protection of people and properties.