Following the abduction of students at Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, has ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools in the state.
Governor Ortom announced the decision on Thursday 17th of December when he visited the Maximum Security Custodian Centre (MSCC) in Makurdi.
He said he had directed the Commissioner for Education to complete necessary steps to close all boarding schools in Benue state as a preventive measure against the abduction of students. The governor said if hundreds of students could be abducted in Katsina, the home state of the president of the federal republic of Nigeria, while he was visiting, no place is secure again.
Mr. Ortom expressed regrets at the abduction of students and the gross insecurity across the country and called on President Muhammadu Buhari and security chiefs to adopt new strategies to curb the issue of insecurity that plagues the country.
It would be noted that some northern states already shut down schools within the state. Kaduna and Jigawa state cited COVD-19 as the reason for shutting schools while Zamfara and kano state schools shut down due to insecurities.