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Boko Haram: Gombe orders closure of schools

05 November 2014, 14:02

Gombe - Gombe State Government on Wednesday ordered the closure of all public and private schools in the state, a day after attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on two towns in the state.

Parents who took their children to school on Wednesday  were told to take them back as the schools had been closed on the orders of the government.

Edith Williams, Headmistress, Bethany International College, Gombe said she received a circular on Tuesday evening that all schools should be shut for security reasons.

Some parents said commended the state government for the action, saying it was a necessary action to safeguard the students.

One of the parents, Hannatu Musa said she was happy with the development as it would help to secure the children.

Also read: Boko Haram launch attack on police station in Gombe

Both the Commissioner and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Education were not available for comment, but Sani Jauro, Permanent Secretary, Government House, confirmed the development.

He however said that the closure of the schools had nothing to do with security threats to the state but a “normal mid-term break for students”.

Gunmen had on Tuesday attacked Nafada and Ashaka, over 130 kilometres from Gombe, barely a week after suspected terrorists had exploded a bomb at a motor park in the state capital.



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