The Federal Government has directed the closure of all private schools in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, over fear of terrorists’ attacks.
This came following the threat by terrorists who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28, to kidnap President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
The closure order was contained in a statement signed by the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools in Nigeria, Abuja, which noted that the directive to shut down the private schools came from the FCT Education secretariat.
The message read, “Dear school educators, instruction reaching me now from the Ag. Director DQA is that the FCT Education secretariat has directed that schools are to make sure all examinations going on should be ended by Wednesday, July 27, 2022, and all students including those in boarding should be allowed to go home for the holiday.”
The government had ordered the immediate closure of one of its Unity Colleges, the Federal Government College Kwali, located in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
It had also been reported that security agencies got a report that the Islamic State West Africa Province and Boko Haram planned to attack Lagos, Kaduna, Kogi, Katsina and Zamfara states as well as the Federal Capital Territory.
The decision to close the federal schools was taken after a reported terrorist attack on the neighbouring Sheda community in the Area Council, which is close to the college.