Boko Haram Threat Letter: Students Flee School Hostels In Nasarawa

Filed in EDUCATION NEWS by on July 4, 2014 0 Comments

Members of Islamist group, Boko haram reportedly sent an abduction letters to three government secondary schools in Nasarawa State. This prompted students of one of the affected schools, on Thursday, to fled their hostels, for fear of being abducted by the dreadful insurgents. grapevine learnt that one of the affected secondary school, Government Science Secondary School (GSSS), Lafia, showed that many students had left their hostels, while others were seen with their belongings, heading towards the main road to board vehicles to their respective homes, despite the downpour.

Some students who did not want their names in print told the our Correspondent that “many have left today and we are waiting for our friends so that we can leave together before Boko Haram people will come to the school.”

At the time of filing this report, stern-looking mobile policemen had taken over the school premises.

Sources said the security operatives had been stationed on the premises since Thursday morning, to forestall any intrusion.

When asked on the presence of the mobile policemen on the school premises, the principal (name withheld) said he was not in a better position to speak on the development, adding that the local inspectorate office or education ministry would be in good position to talk on it.

When contacted on phone, the state Commissioner for Education, Yakubu Na’Hauwa, denied that the government directed the students to go back to their various homes, saying information that students had left hostels had not reached his office.

While confirming that the insurgents sent letter to GSSS in Lafia to abduct schoolgirls, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ismaila Numan, told grapevine on phone that the letter was received, on Tuesday, adding that the police had commenced investigations on its authenticity or otherwise.

He also confirmed that the command had drafted policemen to the school to forestall any act capable of disrupting existing peace in the state.

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