Yobe Schools Closed Down Indefinitely

Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri
 
Following the deadly explosion at the Government Science Technical College, Potiskum, Yobe State, on Monday, all schools in the state have been shut down indefinitely.
 
The Commissioner of Education, Mohammed Lamin, who announced the development, confirmed that 33 students were killed in the blast, while 67 others sustained injuries.
 
Lamin said further that 41 of the 67 injured persons have been referred to secondary health institutions, including the  Federal Medical Centres, in Nguru and Azare, Yobe and Bauchi state respectively.
 
He explained that the decision to close down all schools in the state until the security situation improves, comes as a measure to forestall a reoccurrence and restore peace to the area. 
 
The state police commissioner, Markus Danladi, who visited Potiskum town along with the state commissioner of Education was not allowed to the scene of the blast by angry mob who resisted any entrance to the area attacked by the bomber.
 
Danladi retreated and said all security personnel had stay away from the scene of the blast for the sake of peace.
 
He, however, visited the palaces of the two emirs in Potiskum to commiserate with them over the sad incident and to seek for their cooperation in the maintenance of laws and order.
 
The police chief called on the emirs to educate their subjects on the importance of security personnel at this critical time, noting that the support of the people towards fighting terrorism cannot be overemphasized.

The chairman, Yobe state council of chiefs, Mohammadu Abali Ibn Idrisa who is the emir of Fika and his Potiskum counterpart Umaru Bubaram Ibn Wuriwa Bauya, responded by saying that they had mobilised some elders in their respective jurisdiction to educate the mob on the need for peace and to allow the security men do their work.
 
The leader of the Shia group in Potiskum Yobe state Mustapha Lawan Nasidi had last week after the blast that killed his members accused the military of opening fire on his men.

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