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Senate summons Service Chiefs over Potiskum school bombing

By News Express on 13/11/2014

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The Nigerian Senate has summoned the country’s Service Chiefs over Monday’s bomb blast at the Government Technical Science College in Potiskum, Yobe State.

Issuing the summons on Wednesday, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Defence, Senator George Sekibo, said that the Service Chiefs were expected to give the committee an inventory of the military hardware procured to fight the insurgents.

The summons came two days after the attack that had left the people of the area in fear. Over 30 persons were killed in the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast but all fingers are pointing in the direction of Boko Haram terrorists.

Only yesterday, a female suicide bomber believed to be a Boko Haram agent blew herself up at the Federal College of Education, Kontagora, Niger State, in the north-western part of the country. Police said no other person died in the attack but independent sources speak of casualties.

Schools in Potiskum have been closed down as a result of Monday’s attack that claimed at least 58 lives, most of them innocent students.

Some of the children have already been buried, leaving loved ones with thoughts of why their children became victims of a senseless killing.

The government has offered no answers, but the Senate President, David Mark, said the government needed to declare total war on the Boko Haram terrorist group that has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.

The military chiefs are expected to brief the Senate Committee on why senseless killings had continued in states under emergency rule – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

Senator Sekibo said the Senate was worried that members of the Boko Haram group, suspected to have carried out the Potiskum attack, were targeting schools in the North.

In less than a month, the extension of emergency rule would expire in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States and it’s not clear at the moment if President Goodluck Jonathan would ask for further extension of the emergency rule.

But what is obvious is that despite the state of emergency in the three north-eastern states, killings, bombings and terrorists activities have showed no signs of abating.

The attacks have continued even after the Nigerian Government said it had reached a ceasefire deal with the Boko Haram group, a truce some Elders in Borno State expressed doubts that it was reached with the right leadership of the terrorist group.

•Adapted from a Channels TV report. Photo shows a school in Potiskum after a deadly Boko Haram attack.

Source News Express

Posted 13/11/2014 3:48:34 PM





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