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Insurgency ceased in Yobe State for 11 months after two years of attacks. Consequently, indigenes praised the gallantry efforts of security forces enforcing emergency rule in the state and the pragmatic manner with which government handled the matter.

That was early last year. But after the 11 months of peace, the insurgents resurfaced.

The first attack this year left 59 students of Federal Government College ( FGC) Buni-Yadi, in Gujba local government area of the state dead. The massacre took place in February, a day after a military check point close to the school was removed.

Analysts believe the only way to stop similar attacks is to provide adequate security measures to schools in the state as most schools in the state are without fence, a situation that makes it easy for terrorists to invade the schools and wreak havoc. One of the analysts said, “If perimeter fence is constructed in the schools, it will curtail insurgents access”.

When Sunday Vanguard called the Special Adviser on Security to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, Capt. Bilal, to ascertain the efforts of Yobe government to contain insurgency bedevilling the state and the number of death recorded this year, in addition to the effort of government to prevent serial attacks on schools in the state, he ignored the calls and later called back to give flimsy excuses.


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