John Shiklam in Kaduna, Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano, Francis Sardauna in Katsina, and Laleye Dipo in Minna
No fewer than 618 colleges hang remained closed in six northern states over the anxiousness of assault and abduction of pupils and participants of group, in line with a tally by THISDAY.
Moreover, barely three days after the kidnapping of 39 college students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna Convey, security companies on Saturday rescued 307 pupils of Govt Secondary Science College (GSSS) Ikara, Ikara Local Govt Convey of Kaduna from bandits who tried to kidnap them from their college.
Security forces also repelled attempts at fresh assault on the senior group quarters of the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN), Kaduna, where 11 folks had been kidnapped about two weeks within the past.
The six states where some colleges hang remained closed are Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Katsina, Niger and Yobe.
In Sokoto, the enlighten government has closed all boarding colleges alongside border cities.
The enlighten Commissioner for Security and Profession Affairs, Col. Garba Moyi (rtd), mentioned the measure became as soon as to protect a long way from the kidnapping of pupils correct as it came about in Katsina, Niger and Zamfara States.
He added that the enlighten Governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, had directed the enlighten commissioner for training to merge those colleges with those in cities.
In accordance with him, colleges affected consist of those in Sabon Birni, Isa Rabah, Kebbe, Tangaza and Gudu native government areas.
THISDAY gathered that 16 boarding colleges had been affected.
The Zamfara Convey Govt also closed boarding colleges alongside the border cities after the Jangebe incident.
In a reaction to the kidnapping of 279 pupils of Govt Women Secondary College in Jangebe, Talata Mafara LGA, Governor Bello Matawalle had shut down 10 colleges alongside the borders with Sokoto and Katsina States.
The enlighten Commissioner for Education, Mr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, listed the 10 affected colleges as Govt Secondary Colleges in Zurmi; GSS Birnin Magaji, (boarding) and G.A.S.S Zurmi (boarding); G.G.S.S Moriki (boarding); Science Secondary College Shinkafi (boarding); Science Secondary College, Dansadau (boarding); Science Secondary College, Bukkuyum (boarding); G.D. S. S Nassarawa Mailayi (day); G.D.S.S Gusami (day), and G.D.S.S Gurbin Bore (day).
In Katsina, the enlighten government had within the starting up set shut down all its 38 boarding colleges after the kidnapping of 344 pupils of Govt Science Secondary College, Kankara.
But the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Badamasi Lawal, later announced the reopening of 4 out of the 38 boarding colleges after a assembly with zonal inspectors of coaching and permanent secretaries.
He listed the four boarding colleges which reopened on March 2 as the Picture Secondary College, Faskari; Picture Women Secondary College, Barkiya; Picture Secondary College, Musawa and Police Secondary College, Mani.
The commissioner defined that male pupils within the final 34 boarding colleges must dispute back to the nearest day secondary college of their device to continue with their experiences, whereas female college students must dwell at dwelling till the security area within the enlighten improves.
The Kano Convey Govt also closed four tertiary institutions and 12 secondary colleges over insecurity in neighbouring states.
The 5 tertiary colleges closed are Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso College of Approach and Remedial Reviews, Tudun Wada; College of Environmental Reviews, Gwarzo; College of Rural Expertise and Entrepreneurship Building (SORTED), Rano and Audu Bako College of Agriculture Building (ABCOAD), Dambatta.
The enlighten government also closed 12 boarding secondary colleges on the outskirts of Kano metropolis over growing abduction of pupils.
The enlighten Commissioner for Education, Mr. Muhammad Sunusi Kiru, mentioned the closure grew to become principal on account of the rising desire of abductions of schoolchildren in neighbouring states.
The closed colleges are located in Ajingi, Sumaila, Jogana, Kafin Maiyaki and Gaya, amongst others.
All secondary colleges in Niger Convey had been closed by the enlighten government.
The two-week closure became as soon as from March 12.
The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Hannatu Salihu, mentioned the closure of the colleges became as soon as to enable the government to create satisfactory security preparations to present protection to the pupils and workers.
In the wake of the kidnapping of 42 persons from the Govt Science College, Kagara, the enlighten government had closed finest the boarding colleges in Rafi, Mariga, Magama and Shiroro LGAs, that had been believed to be at risk of bandits’ attacks.
With the closure of all secondary colleges within the enlighten, THISDAY gathered that about 496 colleges had been affected.
The Records Officer of the Convey Ministry of Education, Alhaji Jibrin Kodo, told THISDAY that 56 boarding colleges with two of them blended are affected whereas the comfort of the colleges within the enlighten are day colleges.
He declined to enlighten the final desire of faculties within the enlighten.
The Yobe Convey government also closed all boarding colleges as section of proactive measures to safeguard pupils’ lives.
The Commissioner for Classic and Secondary Education, Dr. Muhammed Idris, who announced the measure, mentioned: “College students from JSS I to SSS II must vacate their colleges straight.
“The closure of the boarding colleges is told by the security area and the urgent need for government to be proactive in safeguarding the lives of the kids”.
The commissioner, nonetheless, mentioned all day colleges had been to continue with their normal tutorial actions.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), quoted the commissioner as announcing that extra statements would per chance well be made relating the reopening of the colleges as rapidly as doubtless.
THISDAY gathered that 46 boarding colleges had been tormented by the closure.
Security Agencies Foil Assaults on College, FAAN Quarters in Kaduna
Meanwhile, barely three days after the kidnapping of 39 college students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna, security companies on Saturday foiled attempts by bandits to abduct 307 pupils of Govt Secondary Science College (GSSS) Ikara, Ikara Local Govt Convey of Kaduna enlighten.
The Kaduna Convey Commissioner for Inner Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, told journalists the day before right this moment in Kaduna that security forces also repelled attempts at a fresh assault on the senior group quarters of the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN), Kaduna, where 11 folks had been kidnapped about two weeks within the past.
Aruwan mentioned the bandits stormed GSSS, Ikara, within the gradual hours of Saturday in an try to kidnap the pupils, who alerted security companies that spoke back swiftly, forcing the bandits to waft.
Aruwan mentioned: “Between the gradual hours of Saturday evening and the early hours of at the present time (Sunday), suspected bandits stormed the Govt Science Secondary College, Ikara, Ikara Local Govt Convey, in an try to kidnap college students.
“Luckily, the college students utilised the security warning gadget in set, and had been thus able to alert security forces within the condo.
“The protection forces comprising the troops of the Nigerian Military, the police and some security volunteers, moved swiftly to the college and engaged the bandits, forcing them to waft.
“The navy and police are aloof on the scuttle of the armed bandits.”
He added that following a head-rely of the pupils by the management of the college, “the Kaduna Convey government can verify to you that every person 307 college students had been verified safe and present. The tried kidnap became as soon as foiled totally and no pupil became as soon as taken from the college.”
The commissioner mentioned a fresh try to assault the Kaduna senior group quarters of FAAN became as soon as repelled by security companies.
In accordance with him, troops foiled the try as they engaged and repelled them, with one of the most principal bandits escaping with gunshot wounds.
The commissioner mentioned the Kaduna Convey government also acknowledged the efforts of the security companies within the original rescue of 180 college students within the neighborhood of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka.
“These efforts had been mentioned in interviews given by one of the most principal rescued college students.
“By advantage of gather admission to to the facts of the tournament, the Kaduna Convey government extends its unequivocal solidarity to the navy, police, Department of Convey Providers and products and loads of security companies, whose swift intervention shunned the bandits from abducting more persons,” Aruwan mentioned.
In accordance with him, the focus of the enlighten government is on getting abet the lacking college students and stopping extra episodes of faculty abductions.
“We can continue to offer updates as extra recordsdata turns into available within the market,” he added.
Bandits had invaded the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna and kidnapped 39 college students.
A video of the kidnapped college students has gone viral on social media, showing the college students appealing to the government to resolve the bandits as they had been being flogged by the criminals.