Niger schools to remain closed as freed Kagara students, staff reunites with families


The 42 persons kidnapped by bandits from Government Science College Kagara, Niger State have been released after 10 days in captivity.

The bandits seized 27 students, three staff and 12 members of their family in a raid on the school from Tuesday evening to early Wednesday morning last week.

Meanwhile the state government has disclosed that there are no plans to reopen boarding schools in some local government areas.

Commissioner for Education, Hajia Hannatu Salihu, said boarding schools in Rafi, Shiroro, Munya and Mariga local government areas remain close.

She spoke at a ceremony to reunite and hand over the kidnapped Kagara students to their families.

She said the government is consulting and studying the situation before giving any order for re-opening of the boarding schools, adding some things need to put into perspective to ensure safety for students and staff.

“The security challenge facing this state is huge and we have to ensure things are put in the proper place before we will think of reopening the school.

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“I cannot say when they will go back to school or when it will be reopened but we will ensure that the SS3 students are kept in touch with to see how we will manage them so that they won’t miss anything and still write the final examination.

“Schools and students are delicate issues but we talking to the parents and other stakeholders to come up with a template for the reopening of the school,” she stated.

The parents were happy to be reunited with their children and appreciated God and the government for bringing them back home safely.