Abductions: Kebbi closes seven schools over safety concerns

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No fewer than seven schools have been closed in Kebbi State following the recent abduction of students and teachers of Federal Government College(FGC) Birnin Yauri by bandits.

Chairman of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Kebbi State Chapter, Isah Arzika disclosed this in a statement.

Arzika explained that the shut schools are in vulnerable areas of the state and soft targets of bandits.

He noted the move was a proactive measure to further prevent recurrence of FGC, Birnin Yauri’s incident.

Arzika said the state government had directed all principals to close any school considered not safe, adding that police and vigilante groups have also been deployed for monitoring and protection of schools.

“Government has given us an order and option to take any necessary action as far as our schools are concerned. That we can close those schools which we think are not safe and prone to attacks in the areas close to the forest.

“I am not talking about only boarding schools, any school that is on the frontline areas and not safe, we would just ask the students to pack and go home, pending the time the situation normalizes,” the NUT Chairman said.

On the recent abduction at FGC Birnin Yauri, Arzika said the bandits have contacted parents and families of the students but no ransom has been demanded.

 




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