Gunmen Storms Edo School, Kidnap Students, Teacher

Gunmen on Wednesday evening stormed the National Institute of Construction Technology, located in Uromi, Esan North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, kidnapping students and a teacher.

Newsmen understands that one teacher and two students were kidnapped by the gunmen and they’ve been taken to a destination yet to be known.

The incident has been confirmed by the State Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Bello Kontongs who added that police operatives are already on the trail of the suspected gunmen.

“It is true, there was kidnapping, and the police are on the trail of the kidnappers.

“Three persons were kidnapped, one is a staff while the other two are students,” Kontongs told newsmen in Benin, the Edo State capital.

Meanwhile, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger State has ordered the closure of all public secondary schools in the state for two weeks.

News reports that the state government reached the decision after a meeting between the government and officials from various security agencies in the State.

According to the state’s Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hannatu Jibrin Salihu, schools in the state will be closed from Friday, March 12th to Friday, March 26th, 2021.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday in Minna, the state capital, the commissioner said the decision was taken in the interest of the students.

She noted that the two weeks closure of all secondary schools was necessary to give relevant security agencies the time and opportunity to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of all public secondary schools.

The commissioner noted that after the completion of the assessment, the outcome will provide an all-inclusive mechanism and strategies that will restore and guarantee sustainable security and safety of students, school infrastructure, education managers, and teachers in the state.

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