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Safe schools: Security agents mount surveillance around FCT as pupils/students resume

By Odita Sunday, Abuja
23 September 2022   |   3:55 am
There is a feeling of safety around schools within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) one week after resumption of school.

• Police task residents on vigilance 
There is a feeling of safety around schools within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) one week after resumption of school.

Most parents within the capital city told The Guardian that there was nothing to be afraid about, as some schools have made adequate plans for security,  besides the reassurance by the FCT police command.

Recall that some schools were hurriedly closed by the FCT Administration towards the end of last session due to attacks on communities in the outskirts of FCT by bandits.

The schools were closed on July 27 as against July 30 in the 2021/2022 calendar, while some finished their third term examinations in a hurry.

Announcing the closure of the schools then, the FCT Education Secretariat, directed school management to end activities and asked the parents to pick up their wards immediately.

However, after the military carried out clearance operations and reassured them of their safety, residents of Bwari, Kuje and other communities in the outskirts of Abuja have confirmed the return of peace after massive operations.

Military presence was noticed in some schools around Pegi in Kuje, while it was gathered that the police command has deployed plain-clothed operatives on monitoring rounds of some of the schools.

Former DSS Director, Mr. Dennis Amachree , also dismissed fears saying, “For the schools to reopen, it means that the security agencies in consultation with the school managements must have agreed and put in place security measures to protect the schools and students.”

Security expert, Christopher Oji commended security agencies for the effort.

He said: “We thank our security agencies for being proactive, by preventing casualties in schools, but I must confess that closing down schools because of terrorists’ threat is not out of bravery, but out of cowardice. It goes to show that illegality is thriving more than legality. It goes to show that terrorists are dictating for the government.

“It shows that our security agencies are not living up to expectations. The government should as a matter of urgency, step up the ante by equipping security agencies with what they require to do their jobs. The government should recruit more personnel because we are aware that security agencies lack manpower.

“However, the government should take good care of the welfare of our security agents. The police and other sister agencies should synergies and work together to combat the enemies of the country. None of them should try to take glory.”

Rights activist Hamzat Lawal noted that the debate on how to ensure safe schools in Nigeria and indeed some other countries in Africa, have become a global topic.

“I think the challenge of unsafe schools are a manifestation of our broken security architecture.”

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