Police deny involvement in Jigawa govt’s decision to close schools over insecurity
Jigawa State commissioner of police, Sale Tafida, has denied that the police command has a hand in the decision of the state government to close schools and send students home due to security threats.
Leadership newspaper eported that the police commissioner spoke through the command spokesperson, DSP Lawal Shisu, who was quoted to have said, “We did not advise for closing schools. In fact, nobody contacted us in that regard.”
Barely two days to the schools terminal closing day, Jigawa State government ordered the immediate closure of all public schools in the state due to security threat.
The state governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar gave the order after he purportedly received comprehensive report on a possible attack on schools planned by suspected bandits.
The school closure has interrupted the placements and writing of promotional exams by the students.
The state commissioner for education, science and technology, Mr Lawan Yunusa Danzomo, confirmed that the schools were closed due to security challenges.
He said, “Yes of course, we closed schools based on intelligence reports of the security threat and we are working with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the maintenance of the existing peace and stability we are enjoying in the state.
“We have also ordered the tertiary institution to increase security surveillance and collaborate with community and other stakeholders for information gathering and timely action against any possible attack or breach of state security.”
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