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Yobe College Killings: Death Toll Hits 59



The death toll from the Boko Haram attack on the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi has risen to 59.

Terrorists had stormed the school shortly before midnight on Monday and killed dozens of male students. The insurgents who came in 9 Hilux vans blocked the entrance of the hostel, gathered the male students and opened fire on them.

A survivor disclosed that some of the dead were slaughtered.

In the attack that lasted for about 5 hours, the terrorists also burnt most of the buildings in the school, burning most of the corpses beyond recognition.

Though the body count had first been reported to be 29, Street Journal gathered from hospital sources that the death toll stood at 59 as of Tuesday evening.

Bala Ajiya, an official at the Specialist Hospital, Damaturu disclosed that “more bodies were brought in. Bodies were discovered in the bush after the students who had escaped with bullet wounds died from their injuries.”

The Commissioner of Police in Yobe, Sanusi Rufai stated that 29 male students were killed while no female student was killed.

A JS 3 student, Aliyu Ayuba escaped with bullet wounds said “they were young men, dressed in military uniforms and mufti. They told us to gather in one place and started shooting. I cannot tell how I managed to escape but all my roommates were killed and burnt inside the hostel.”

Aliyu also said “we shouted for help, but nobody came to our rescue.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has stated that it will improve security around federal unity colleges. This was made known via a statement by the Special Assistant to the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu. The Minister has stated that the Ministry of Education “will continue to liaise with security agencies and relevant stakeholders to improve security around all federal unity colleges.”


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