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Boko Haram: FG Shuts Down 5 Unity Schools In North-East Nigeria

FGC Yobe BurntThe Nigerian Government has ordered the closure of some secondary schools in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states because of security threats being faced in these states.

Schools closed include: Federal Government Girls College, Munguno, College of Science and Technology, Lassa both in Borno State. Federal Government Girls College, Potiskum, Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, both in Yobe state, and the College of Science and Technology in Michika in Adamawa State.

In a statement issued on Monday by the Special Assistant on Media to the Supervising Minister of Education, Simeon Nwakaudu, the Minister directed that the students, who are not writing public examinations, be relocated to FGGC Bauchi, FGGC Bajoga, FGC Maiduguri, FSTC Kafanchan and FSTC Dayi.

The Minister also directed that candidates who registered for WASSCE, NECO SSCE and BECE in FGGC Potiskum should have their examination centres relocated to FGGC Bauchi, while those from FGGC Munguno and FGC Buni Yadi should also be relocated.

While leaving the choice of the schools to accommodate affected students at the discretion of parents, the Supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, limited these choices to the six schools listed.

The Minister’s decision is following a bloody attack by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect on students of the Federal Government College Buni-Yadi in Yobe State, North-East Nigeria in their dormitory, during which over 50 of the students were reportedly killed, with the school burnt down.

The February 24 attack on the Federal Government College Buni Yadi is the fourth recorded on schools in Yobe State since the commencement of the insurgency, as GSS Damaturu, GSS Mamudo and College of Agriculture, Gujba were attacked in 2013.

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