How My School Mates Were Killed – Survivor Of Yobe Massacre Speaks...

How My School Mates Were Killed – Survivor Of Yobe Massacre Speaks (PICTURED)

By Vanguard on February 27, 2014

“I was shot on my left leg, while I was sleeping.  When I woke up, I could not walk and was later taken to the girls hostel where the insurgents gathered us with the female students. They selected some of the female students and went away with them, while they left some of us groaning in pain from gun shot”.

Those were the words of 14-year-old Ibrahim Musa Lampo, a JSS 2 student of Federal Government College, FGC, Bunu Yadi, Yobe State who was one of the lucky survivors of the Boko Haram massacre on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 43 students. The insurgents also burnt the hostels, classrooms and more than 40 houses during the attack.

A survivor of the Yobe massacre | Photo: Vanguard

Ibrahim who recounted his experience while groaning in pains was receiving treatment for gunshot injuries at the General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital, Damaturu.

His mother, Hajiya Hauwa Lampo, who was sitting beside him on the hospital bed lamented the inability of government to protect the lives of the innocent students. The mother passionately appealed to the Federal Government to “provide adequate security for all unity schools in Nigeria, particularly in the north eastern region of the country by constructing a fence that will shield the students from intruders. And if the government can not deploy adequate security personnel, they should despatch sniffer dogs into the schools to patrol every nook and corner and this will go a long way in curbing the insurgency.”

Ibrahim’s father, Mallam Musa Lampo, an immigration officer was still in shock over the incident and simply said: “I have committed everything into the hands of God.”

Boko Haram attacks

Thousands of Nigerians from the troubled North eastern states are fleeing into Niger Republic as the Boko Haram attacks heightens fears in the region.

A source in the North-East, yesterday, said tens of thousands of people have gone to Niger Republic to escape a wave of attacks and bombings by Islamist sect Boko Haram, which is fighting to carve out an Islamic country from the northern states.

The government in Niamey has granted them refugee status, but United Nations workers say it has also banned the construction of formal camps, fearing any structures could encourage an even bigger influx — or even bring fighters over the border.

“We’re living on the charity and hospitality of locals and aid organizations,” said 28-year-old Umara. “It’s difficult to feed my family. We eat once a day, twice at best.”

A spokesman for Niger’s Interior Ministry was not immediately available for comment. But Hassane Ardo Ido, General-Secretary of Diffa province, said authorities feared militants might infiltrate the camps and use them as bases. “We are trying to handle the situation and stop any act that could hurt our security,” he said.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, country representative in Niger, Karl Steinacker, said Niamey was particularly worried because most of the refugees came from the Kanuri ethnic group, a stronghold of Boko Haram.

“The authorities are worried the Nigerian insurgency might spill over into Niger,” he said.

Meanwhile, condemnations have continued to trail the massacre of the students.

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  1. It is inhuman to kill this young minds,they are innocent judging by ol yardstick.
    Nigeria mourned over death of a single senator bt this situation is nt given d height of attention it deserves.
    Government can’t jst fold dere hands & bliving it will b ok. The time to act is NOW.

  2. how do we declare a state of emergency and democratic gov. still rulling and u want to curb the insurgence. maybe the government is waiting for their family to fall victim.

  3. Honestly I cannot understand the stand of muslim leaders on this boko haram palava No one among these so called muslim leaders has come strongly to condemn this sect To me it appears they are happy on what they doing Let the north goes for islamic state and leave the south alone Enough is enough pls

  4. I strongly appeal to Noigeria government to give the security personnel all the motivation they need and enough sophisticated ammunition to end this madness soon. A lot of lives have been lost, mostly due to the lack of commitment by the armies and I don’t blame them but the government. It doesn’t give them the motivation they need, take care of their loved ones when they die in action noting noting. So even if I were them I would do the same.

  5. I’ll keep saying this;if christians happens to be the one doing this Boko haram,i want to assure u,Muslims would have come out with a stronger group to fight christians.Tell me what kind of plans the Northern elders av put in place to tackle these insurgency since it has begun?what they’re after is to gain power.Na wa o!

  6. Judging by the statistics of all the attacks, nigerians and indeed d world can clearly see that this boko haram issue is beyound tribal or religious beliefs. Let’s just pray for our dear country so that God almighty will expose the perpetrators of this devilish act. God bless nigeria!

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