The Federal Government on Monday called on Nigerians to be vigilant following bandits attacks on schools and abduction of students.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, during an interview with Punch, noted that the government can not provide security for all schools in the country.
He further stated that all schools in the country have been directed by the government to report any security threat to the nearest security agency.
Nwajiuba was asked what the government was doing to secure schools across the country from attacks by bandits, he said, “Eternal vigilance is the price for security. Every nation is always concerned about the consciousness of its people. The Federal Government cannot secure every house. Everybody needs to be vigilant. We have passed this message to all our schools so that anywhere they are, if there is any threat, they know the nearest security agency to contact.”
Nwajiuba also claimed that almost all schools in the country were fenced. “Almost all the schools in Nigeria, whether private or owned by the Federal Government, are mostly all fenced, except maybe some state schools.”
“As you may also be aware, even if you put up a fence, these people (bandits) have been known to come through gates.”
“So, perimeter fencing, by themselves, are not too effective. The security consciousness is the thing. If you hear where some of them are being held, you will know that it is a question of self-consciousness and communities informing officials on time.”
This is coming after the Kaduna State Government confirmed that bandits abducted three teachers at the Rema Primary School, Magajin Gari Ward 2, Brinin Gwari Local Government Area of the state on Monday.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, while speaking during a press conference said no pupil was abducted.