Following the rising cases of kidnapping of school students in some parts of Northwest Nigeria, all boarding secondary schools across Yobe State have been shut down indefinitely.
The Yobe State government is said to have ordered the schools’ closure over the fear that Boko Haram insurgents may launch another assault on students in the state.
It was learned that the closure only affects only boarding secondary schools, as all government day secondary schools remained open in the state.
Some boarding students who were about taking a commercial bus home in Damaturu told our correspondent that their school management ordered them to vacate the hostels and go home immediately without giving any explanation.
As of the time of filing this report, Yobe State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr. Mohammed Sani Idriss was not available to comment on the development.
Recall that armed bandits have recently intensified attacks on schools in the region, traumatising students and teachers in schools,
Though the students may be safer in their homes, there is a consensus among analysts that the situation has further plunged the education sector in northern Nigeria into uncertainty.
The abductions of secondary schools students in Chibok, Dapchi, Kankara, Kagara and Jangebe have raised many questions about the state of security and education in Nigerian northern schools.