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Yobe State Shuts Down All Schools

By Ibrahim-Gwamna Mshelizza
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Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has ordered the closing down of all secondary schools in the State until a new session begins in September, following the school attack that left dozens of students dead in Potiskum last Saturday to give authorities time to figure out how to better protect students and teachers.

The Governor condemned the attack describing it as "coldblooded murder, callous and devoid of any shred of humanity".

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Communication, Abdullahi Bego , the governor said, " is to allow the state government in collsberation with the JTF and community leaders to evsluate and evolve better and additional strategies that would ensure the safety and security of students and teachers".

Speaking through Abdullahi Bego , Special Adviser on Communication Governor Gaidam urged the Federal Government and MilitsryAuthorizes to restore GSM service which was cut since the declaration of state of emergency in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa.

"Government is going to assist all students injured in the attack and we urge security agencies to do more to protect the people" adding "we shall fence all boarding schools in the state", he said.

In another development many girls and women have joined the youth volunteer groups in the hunt for BH in Maiduguri.

This is coming days after reported cases of suspected Bk Haram sect members deploying women or disguising as women to wreck havoc .

Our Correspondent who went round town on Sunday saw girls and women aged betwween 15 and 30 carrying swords, daggers, knives ad sticks stoping and searching pedestrians along the road.

Whenever a vehicle is stopped , the women volunteers check the womenfolk while men check men and when the vehicle is "certified" the driver is allowed to go.

"We joined the civilian JTF in order to be searching females. A eoman can search any other woman anywhere and nobody would raise eyebrow" , Ramatu a 17 year old told Reuters.

She said , "iam not afraid being in the volunteer group because securing Maiduguri is a collective responsibility, irrespective of age , gender or status. The safer the town is, the better for all of us", she said.