The school’s principal of Government Science Secondary School, Potiskum, Yobe State, Mr. Buba Sanda Mustapha has narrated the horrific attack on the school on Monday by the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Mr. Mustapha said the suicide bomber struck as the pupils prepared for the morning assembly.
His word: “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. 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.”