Kebbi attack: Government shuts down seven schools over safety concerns


The Government of Kebbi State has closed seven schools following the recent abduction of students and teachers of Federal Government College(FGC) Birnin Yauri by bandits.

Recall that armed men, suspected to be bandits, had abducted students and teachers of the college, on Thursday in the state.

One of the students abducted from the school was shot dead during a gun duel between soldiers and the abductors.

Following the development, the Nigerian Army earlier confirmed that five of the abducted students and two teachers were rescued.

However, the Chairman of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Kebbi state, Isah Arzika, during an interview with newsmen, said the schools were shut because they are in vulnerable areas of the state and could be soft targets of bandits.

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

“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 ask the students to go home, pending the time the situation normalises,” he said.

He further revealed that the bandits have contacted parents and families of the abducted students but no ransom has been demanded.

“They collected the contacts of parents and teachers from the abductees and thereafter made calls to tell them that their children and people were in their custody but never asked for a ransom.

“Seven schools in that area have been closed and more will be closed if we realise the situation continues to be safe for the teachers and students,” he added.

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