The Kano State Government has ordered the immediate closure of 12 out of the over 50 boarding schools in the state to ensure the safety of the students.
Malam Muhammad Kiru, the state Commissioner for Education, confirmed this to the press on Friday, February 26, in Kano.
According to him, the decision to close the schools followed the recent kidnapping of some female boarding school students in Niger and Zamfara States.
He said: “It was necessary for the Kano State Government to take proactive measures to prevent the occurrence of such incidents in our schools.
“As you know, the state government always takes proactive measures on issues related to security; especially that it affects students.
“Therefore, we are appealing to parents and guardians to immediately vacate their children from the schools, as the government will later announce the resumption day.
“The affected schools include boarding Secondary School Ajingi; Government Girls boarding School Sumaila; Government Girls boarding School Jogana, as well as Government Girls boarding School Gezawa.
“Others include Government Boys boarding School Kafin Maiyaki; Maitama Sule boarding School Gaya; Government Girls boarding School Kachako.
“And also Government Girls boarding School Unguwan Gyartai in Kunchi; Boys Unity School Karaye; Government Girls Arabic School in Albasu; Government Secondary School Tudun Wada and also that of Danzabuwa.”
According to the commissioner, most of these schools are located along borders with neighbouring states; while some are along highways where they can be easily attacked.
Meanwhile, the Department of State Services (DSS) said the service has not made any attempt to arrest Chief Sunday Adeyemo; popularly known as “Igboho”, contrary to publications in some sections of the media.
The Public Relations Officer of the Service, Dr Peter Afunanya, disclosed this in a statement on Friday, February 26, in Abuja.
Afunanya said the publication that some personnel of the Service attempted to arrest Igboho at Ibadan in Oyo State was not true.
According to him, the said news is misinforming and should be taken as fake and therefore be disregarded.
Reports in some sections of the media had alleged that men of the DSS on Friday attacked Igboho in Ibadan; saying that Igboho told the media he was disappointed that he was attacked by men of DSS without committing any offence.
It said Igboho had alleged that men of the service were acting on the instruction of unknown authorities; who attempted to prevent him to move around in Ibadan and beyond.