- There is serious panic in Jigawa state at the moment following the announcement by the state government for all schools to be shut down
- Residents and students have been left to scamper for safety following the announcement
- Meanwhile, the state government is yet to give reasons why the closure of schools was announced
Jigawa, Dutse - Emerging reports have confirmed that the Jigawa state government has announced the immediate closure of schools due to security threats.
Premium Times reported that the order for the closure of schools took effect from Wednesday, August 17.
It was confirmed that pupils writing their exams had to immediately halt the process for immediate closure.
Legit.ng gathered that the unprecedented announcement of school closure has since caused panic amongst residents in Jigawa state.
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Students were reportedly seen stranded waiting for evacuation options and aid to leave school.
Confirming the closure, Wasilu Umar from the Jigawa state ministry of education said it was true but did not go into details about what might have prompted the announcement.
Teachers, recounts effect of closure
While giving an account of the whole development, a headmaster in a primary school situated in the state capital (Dutse) said:
“We are asked to shut down and release the students immediately.
“The pupils are yet to sit for the Basic Science and Islamic Religion Knowledge (IRK) examinations before they were asked to leave.
“The closure is indefinite until further notice. We believe that it is due to the deteriorating security situation in the state."
Also, one of the pupils in the Nuhu Sanusi Government Day Secondary School told reporters that they were asked to leave without taking the Civic Education examination billed to hold tomorrow.
The incident is following the attack on Immigration personnel last week Tuesday in Magari Local Government Area of the state. In the attack, an officer was killed and two others were injured.
The Police spokesperson in Jigawa, Lawan Adam, said the Police Command in the state did not order the closure of the schools, and the Ministry of Education is yet to brief the command as to what led to the sudden decision.
Son of Jigawa state governor graduates from UK varsity amid ASUU strike
In another development, the son of Jigawa state Governor, Badaru Abubakar, has graduated from Brunel University London.
This comes a few days after the pictures of the graduation of Governor Nyesom Wike’s son flooded the internet.
Among Nigerians across the federation, this has further caused controversies amid the ongoing ASUU strike.
Son of ex-Jigawa governor wins PDP's guber ticket
Meanwhile, a clear winner emerged in the PDP's governorship primary held in Jigawa state on Thursday, May 25.
Mustapha Lamido, the son of the former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, clinched the guber ticket.
Securing a clear-cut victory, Lamido defeated his challenger, Sale Shehu, a former junior minister for works by 829 to zero votes.