The increasing rate of kidnapping in the northern part of Nigeria has heightened fears among parents and guardians of pupils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
With no announcement on measures to protect students in its schools, Yobe State on the other hand joined Kano, Katsina, and Niger states in shutting down some of their institutions of learning.
Yobe State Government ordered an immediate evacuation of students from all its boarding schools. This was not unconnected with intelligence that bandits were planning to kidnap students.
However, the evacuation order did not include Senior Secondary School (SS3) students. Tye Nation reported that at Government Girls College, Damaturu, many pupils were stranded on the premises and further investigation revealed that an armored personal carrier was stationed at the entrance of the school throughout the night to curtail any breach of security.
Reacting to the development, some teachers said the notice for the closure of the schools and evacuation of pupils came to them as a surprise.
“It is surprising to us but looking at what is going on in some places like Zamfara and Niger states, it could be possible that Yobe is taking measures not to be caught unawares,” a teacher told the Nationa.
Another teacher said since the abduction of 110 students in Dapchi in February 2018 and the killing of students in Buni Yadi, Damaturu, Mamudo, and some others were “still fresh in our memory, the state government will not like a repeat of such ugly incident .”