Last updateMar, 27 Jan 2015 11am

Nigeria to strengthen security around federal schools after attack

Nigeria's Federal Government has said security will be tightened around federal colleges to prevent a repeat of Monday night's attack that claimed the lives of at least 43 students of the Federal Government College, Buni-Yadi, in northern Yobe state.

Education Minister Nyesom Wike said in a statement Tuesday that his ministry would continue “to liaise with security agencies and relevant stakeholders to improve security around all federal unity colleges”.

The death toll from the attack rose quickly from 29 to 43, and analysts said it could still climb higher.

The attackers of the school are believed to be members of the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram, which has recently stepped up its killings, despite a massive deployment of troops to curtail the sect's activities.

The attackers invaded the college, slaughtered the students and set buildings ablaze in what is being described as one of the most dastardly attacks, even by the terrible standard of the insurgents.

The last attacks have attracted widespread condemnation across the land, with President Goodluck Jonathan describing them as 'heinous, brutal and mindless'.

Pana 27/02/2014