Fighter jets have been deployed in Yobe State as part of the crackdown on Boko Haram insurgents who killed 41 students at the College of Agriculture in Gujba.
The Federal Government has also ordered the military, the police and other security agencies to protect all schools in the state.
There are indications that the state government may not close schools following the killings.
Reliable sources told our correspondent that the Defence Headquarters has directed the Air Force and the Artillery Unit of the Army to join forces with the infantry troops,
For the third day running, the troops have engaged Boko Haram members in a battle in the forests between Yobe and Borno states, a source said.
The source, who pleaded anonymity said that Air raid is a vital component of the manhunt for insurgents still lurking in some forests in this axis.
‚ÄúAnd with the backing of the Artillery Unit, heavy bombardment has been going on in these forests in the last three days.
‚ÄúSo far, we have been able to dislodge the camps of the insurgents, most of which were just being established along the Borno-Yobe axis,‚Äù the source said.
The directive to protect schools covers day and boarding schools.
It was gathered that both the Federal and Yobe State governments believe that closing schools will amount to bowing to the wish of the insurgents to stop any form of Western education in the Northeast.
A government source said that ‚ÄúThere are some suggestions that the schools should be closed in the state again, but we are not thinking along this line because this might be a defeatist approach. We know that parents and children may be disillusioned but we cannot give up to insurgency.
‚ÄúWe are, however, waiting for a comprehensive security plan from the military and other security agencies on how to provide adequate security in all schools.
‚ÄúWhat we have done is to put all communities on the alert to notify the military and security agencies of any suspicious movement.
‚ÄúThe encouragement the state government is getting from all citizens of the state borders on the need to cooperate and resist the insurgents.‚Äù
Defence spokesman Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said ‚ÄúWe have a mandate from the Federal Government to protect all schools in Yobe State.
‚ÄúWe have mapped out plans to secure the schools and prevent a repeat of this dastardly act.‚Äù