One of the missing lecturers of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe State, where several students were killed last Sunday morning, was found dead yesterday, the Provost, Molima Mato said.
The Principal gave the name of the lecturer as Samaila Alhaji Musa.
He said Musa, who was of the Forestry Department, was found near a building close to the school gate.
The Principal said because the body had decomposed, it was buried where it was found.
A family source told our reporter that the deceased was 37 years old and is survived by an expectant wife and two children.
The death of the lecturer brought the death toll to 42, after another student died yesterday at the hospital.
The Secretary of General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital, Mohammed Idi Kurnawa, denied claims that more bodies were brought to the hospital.
“Apart from the 40 students who were initially brought on Sunday and the other student who died on Monday morning, we have not received any more bodies.
“This morning (yesterday), we got a report that one of the lecturers was found dead at the school but they could not bring his copse to Damaturu because it was already decomposed so badly so he was buried inside the school premises where he was found,” Kurnawa said.
Spokesman of the of the 3 Division’s Special Operation Battalion in Damaturu, Capt. Lazarus Eli told our reporter that no more dead bodies were recovered by the troops, who are on the trail of the insurgents in the bush.
“We recovered no more bodies from the bush, apart from the earlier one released by the management of General Sani Abacha Hospital, which is 42”, Capt. Eli said.
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has condemned the killing of over 40 students by gunmen at the college.
Suspected religious extremists killed the students and injured several others in their sleep at their dormitories early last Sunday.
Ki-Moon, in a statement by his spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, extended his condolence to the families of the bereaved and to the government and people of Nigeria on the tragic incident.
The UN Secretary-General said he was alarmed at the increasing brutality and frequency of attacks targeted at students and teachers in the northern part of the country.
Ki-Moon demanded an immediate end to such outrageous and senseless crimes, saying: “There can be no justification for such violence.”
The Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria has described the killing of the students as “a barbaric display of lunacy”.
In a statement yesterday in Kaduna, the President of the congress, Malam Shehu Sani, said the killing was unpardonable.
The statement reads: “The unlawful and indiscriminate killing of students in Yobe stands condemned. It is horrific, barbaric, banal and lunatic.
“There is no justification for such a wicked, dastardly and cruel act. For whatever reason it is done, it is inhuman and ungodly.”