The Borno State government held its expanded security council meeting on Thursday last week and took some far reaching resolutions, including the closure of all boarding secondary schools in the school as a result of the worsening insecurity in the state and the region.
This was contained in a statement of the resolutions taken, released on Monday by Mohammed Bulama, the Borno commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture.
“All boarding secondary schools in the State with the expectation of those in the Maiduguri and Biu Metropolis will, until further notice, be closed down with immediate effect,” the statement said.
The closure may be connected with the vulnerability of these schools to attacks by terrorists. Last month, 110 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a boarding secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe state. Following negotiations with the government, 76 of the abducted girls were released today.
- Among those present at the security meeting were the traditional rulers of Dikwa, Bama, Gwoza and Uba. The council resolved to provide “elaborate security, infrastructural, personnel and logistics arrangements” in preparation for the imminent return of displaced persons to Bama, Gwoza and Dikwa LGAs and the “subsequent return of their Royal Highnesses to their respective domains.”
- In addition, the security council said before the IDPs are relocated to their local governments of origin, it will “speedily establish structures of civil authority in the affected local government areas, like local government council authorities, para-military agencies, the judiciary and traditional authorities.”
- Maiduguri – Bama – Banki Road will be re-opened on Saturday, 24th March, 2018 to civilian traffic.
- In order to improve on, and enhance existing intelligence gathering techniques, the Nigeria Armed Forces was implored to encourage senior military officers in command positions to closely liase and synergise with traditional rulers in their areas of operation and also endeavour to regularly attend the meetings of the security Committees at the LGA level.
- Any person(s) or group found to be collaborating with Boko Haram, no matter how highly placed or highly connected, will be speedily brought to book in accordance with the laws of the land.