Secondary Schools in Abuja Shut Down over Insecurity Threats on Monday following official directives. The Federal Ministry of Education issued a directive ordering the closure of all Federal Government Colleges (FGCs) in Abuja after receiving security threats targeted at the unity colleges located in the FCT.
The Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, while confirming the information to newsmen in Abuja on Monday, stated that the ministry had ordered the immediate evacuation of students from the schools. Mr Goong revealed that the decision was as a result of rising insecurity and threat to the lives and wellbeing of the students.
While some schools were asked to vacate latest on Wednesday, some other schools disseminated messages to parents on Sunday asking them not to fail to come to pick up their children on Monday, unfailingly, perhaps, due to rising fear, anxiety, and threat.
Late Sunday evening, an unconfirmed report trended on social media indicating that there were heavy shootings in Federal Government Colleges (FGCs) Kwali, Abuja, and parents were rushing to the school to verify the safety of their children and possibly return home with them until calm is restored.
LatestNewsng could not reach the school authorities for reactions, but a parent identified as Chika, whose three children are in FGC Kwali, confirmed that a message came from the school that parents should come to pick up their children no later than Monday noon.
She stated: “We received a message from the school about the latest development, but no explanation was attached to the message. So, when we reach the school on Monday, maybe, we will get more details on what led to the sudden decision.”
A senior staff at Federal Government Girls’ College (FGGC), Bwari, Abuja, who pleaded anonymity, said the directive they received from the Federal Ministry of Education was that students should vacate the school before Wednesday, that no student should be found in the school by Wednesday.
Similarly, a parent whose son is in JSS 3 in Federal Government Boys’ College, Apo, Abuja, confirmed that the school is shutting down on Monday as against the date in the calendar, and parents have been asked to come to pick their children on Monday unfailingly.
He said: “My son told me that they were rushed to finish their examination, that they wrote four subjects every day, which, to me, was too much for the brain of these children. I also learned that Federal Government Technical College, Orozo, Abuja, sent children packing since on Friday last week, immediately the rushed them to finish the examination as against the calendar. This is abnormal, and it’s an indication or points to the fact that there’s a threat, and it’s wise for the schools to release the children back to their parents.”
As of press time, the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Ben Goong, could not be reached for reactions. However, a senior staff of the Ministry admitted that the situation is not normal and that it could be because of the rising insecurity at the fringes of Abuja, where the schools are located, and the need to secure the lives of the students that might have prompted the decision to shut the schools abruptly.