Maiduguri again experienced violence yesterday as gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram Islamic sect unleashed terror at Innovative Secondary School in the Customs area of Maiduguri, the Borno State, where they killed four teachers and two students.
The gunmen numbering about four were said to have entered the school premises at about noon and met a female teacher who had gone to invigilate the ongoing NECO examination.
Sources said they spared the woman’s life after she begged amid tears for them to let her live. Her hand bag and the envelop containing the question papers were taken from her as they ordered her to leave the school premises.
The gunmen were later said to have opened fire on other teachers sitting under a tree, killing all of them on the spot before fleeing the area.
“The spate of killings of innocent people is becoming a source of concern to people; it is unfortunate that, students, teachers and poor farmers have now become the targets of terrorists,” a source said.
Security sources say dozens of terrorists living in the Sambisa Game Reserve fled to Mandara Mountains and other Hilly areas of Gwoza Local Government which is bordering Cameroon Republic among other desert areas of the state.
“Some of the terrorists who fled from their camps in Sambisa have regrouped, and are launching attacks on Maiduguri and other areas in Yobe and Borno states,” a source said.
“I am sure that the security agencies are aware and we will take decisive measures to ensure that there is no hiding place for the terrorists in the state.”