Boko Haram threat: Private, public schools shut in Plateau

Jonah Jang, Plateau state governor

“Boko Haram sent a letter that they will visit our school with terror.”

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Some public and private schools in Gindiri, including the College of Education, Gindiri, were on Tuesday shut following threats of violence by the Boko Haram.

Gindiri is the headquarters of Mangu Local Government Area in central Plateau.

Students were kept away from the schools following reports of a letter sent to various schools by the Boko Haram sect, in which the terrorists threatened to strike the area on Tuesday.

Among the schools shut down were the Girls High Secondary School, COCIN Comprehensive Secondary School, Government Secondary School (Boys) Bwolbwang, Government Secondary School Gindiri, and the College of Education.

“I was ready to leave for school this morning (Tuesday) when I was told our teachers will not be coming to school; that Boko Haram sent a letter that they will visit our school with terror,” said a student, Nenchin Miner.

Meanwhile, some boarding schools affected by the threat provided heavy security for their students while academic activities were halted.

The residents of the area said the situation had created tension.

In May, some schools in Jos gave a one week break to their students following a bomb threat.

Among the schools which closed were Arise and Shine Private School, Gyel; Royal Ambassador College, Bukuru; and Radiant Way Academy, Bukuru.
There have been different bomb explosions in Plateau in the last one month including the twin explosions that killed about 200 people at the Terminus market on May 20.


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