The Yobe Government has closed down all public and private schools in the state, following Monday’s suicide bomb attack on Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum.The attack had claimed 48 lives and injured 79 others.
The state Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Muhammad Lamin, said in a statement in Damaturu on Tuesday, that the closure was with immediate effect.
Lamin said that government decided to close the schools to enable it adopt more security measures to guarantee the safety of students, teachers and the school environment across the state.
Meanwhile, Sen. Alkali Jajere, representing Yobe South Senatorial District in the Senate, has appealed for a change in strategy by security operatives to contain insurgency in the state.
Jajere who spoke with journalists in Damaturu, said that the renewed attacks on innocent people of the state called for a change in strategy in the fight against insurgency.
“The number one responsibility of government is to protect the lives and property of the citizenry; government must live up to this basic responsibility.
“We are optimistic that with the necessary support and motivation, the Nigerian security forces can defeat insurgency,” he said.
The senator urged security agents to respect the rules of engagement in their operation, and called for synergy between law enforcement agents and the public, to effectively fight insurgency.
The Street Journal had exclusively reported on Monday that schools in Potiskum and neighbouring villages were hurriedly closed as parents besieged them to withdraw their wards to safety. It was reported that school authorities had to put the institutions under lock and keys for fear of possible attack by the rampaging insurgents before the state government formally shut the schools across the state this morning..