Yobe School Bomb Blast: An Eyewitness Account



The explosion that rocked Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum, Yobe State last Monday is still causing ripples across the country as the Nigerian Police confirmed 47 students dead.
The principal of the school, Mr. Buba Sanda Mustapha, who relived the suicide attack, said the bomber struck as the pupils prepared for the morning assembly.
He said: “The incident took place at exactly 7.48 am when the pupils were waiting on the assembly ground. All of them were in front of this place, waiting for us to come to assembly. All of a sudden, we heard a heavy sound and our students started shouting and running in all directions.
“Immediately I saw this, I tried to inform the police and the JTF. I called for my car and we used it to convey the children to the hospital. Other people came in with their tricycle, packing both the dead and the wounded to the hospital.
“We thank God that the hospital is very close to the school; if not, it would have been very difficult. We spent the whole day in the hospital, trying to know the condition of the boys.
“The first casualties that we took to the hospital were given first aid. Those that sustained multiple fractures were referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Azare in Bauchi State and the Federal Medical Centre in Nguru.
“The casualties as at yesterday were 81 students. 41 of them taken to the two medical centres; others were left here. Only one of those admitted here is left now.
“According to our statistics, as at yesterday, we had only 35 dead. Today we got a report that one of our pupils at Azare could not make it; so we have 36 dead now.
“No teacher was affected because all the teachers were in front of my office waiting for us to proceed to the assembly when it happened”, Mustapha said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Education, Professor Viola Onwuliri, in her reaction, condemned the attack, describing it as callous, inhuman and satanic.


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