12 Jul 2013 11:19
LAGOS, July 8 (Bernama) -- All secondary schools in Nigeria's northern state of Yobe were ordered to close on Sunday after a massacre the previous day in which 20 students lost their lives, Xinhua news agency reported. State governor Ibrahim Gaidam directed that all secondary schools in the state be closed from July 8 until a new academic session begins in September. The decision came following an attack on Saturday at a boarding school in which most of the victims were burned alive while asleep. The attackers had invaded the school and set fire on the hostels while fleeing students were shot. The injured students remain in critical condition in a local hospital where they are being treated for various degrees of burns. The state government also appealed to the federal government to float an intervention fund to cushion the effects of the Boko Haram insurgency on affected states. Senate President David Mark described the killings, which were purportedly carried out by members of the Boko Haram sect, as "barbaric and wicked" and stressed the need to put in place measures to protect children against terrorists. Mark, who condemned the gruesome murder of the students and a teacher of a secondary school in Mamudo near Potiskum, called on the terrorists to give peace a chance. The senate president gave assurance that the National Assembly would continue to give priority attention to budgetary allocations to security agencies to enable them to carry out their duties without hitches. --BERNAMA EE