He said he could not give an exact death toll as security forces still are recovering bodies.
The Nigerian military has collected 42 bodies and transported 18 injured students to Damaturu Specialist Hospital, said a military intelligence official, who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the press.
The school’s other 1,000 enrolled students have fled the college that is about 40 km north of the scene of similar school attacks around Damaturu town, said provost Mato.
He said there were no security forces stationed at the college despite government assurances that they would be deployed. State commissioner for education Mohammmed Lamin promised protection and urged all schools to reopen.