Following the attack by Boko Haram on Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Yana in Shira Local Government Area of Bauchi State on Sunday which killed a five year-old-girl, Governor Isa Yuguda has ordered the evacuation of 200 students from the school. Over 129 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State were abducted on April 14 by gunmen.
Bauchi State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed, said that the students were evacuated to enable the authorities renovate the buildings burnt down during the attack.
Mohammed said: “The state government ordered the evacuation of the students to enable renovation work on the buildings destroyed but the evacuation is temporary, because they will only stay away for three weeks.
“The only students in the school now are those in final year writing WAEC exams because the JSS 1-3 and SSS 1-2 are on holiday, so, we want to use this period to renovate the destroyed buildings to enable them learn in a conducive environment when they resume”, Mohammed said.
He denied the exercise had anything to do with the attack launched in the area on Sunday, assuring that adequate security measures had been put in place by the state government to ensure the safety of lives of not only the students of GGSS, Yana, but all the schools in the state.
Boko Haram struck in the early hours of Easter Sunday in Yana Town, setting the five-year-old girl ablaze. The insurgents launched the attack at about 2.30 am.
The police command’s spokesman, DSP Haruna Mohammed, said the attackers set ablaze the Staff Quarters, school bus, File Quarters, and Mtn,Glo and Etisalat masts.
He said the hoodlums also attacked a branch of a first generation bank and destroyed its vault, adding that 15 vehicles were destroyed at the Shira LG secretariat as well as their Conference Hall .
“Apart from a five-old-girl who was burnt to death, no other casualty was recorded as all the students are safe while the private vehicle of the school principal was taken away by the hoodlums. Security forces are on their trail”, Mohammed said
A source, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said”, there are 195 girls writing Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) in the school
He noted that soldiers from Bauchi and Jigawa states ambushed them and recovered some motorcycles and weapons.