From Friday, all public secondary schools in Nigeria‘s Niger state will be closed for two weeks.
The state’s education minister, Hajiya Hannatu Jibrin Salihu, said the two-week closure was to allow security agencies “the time and opportunity to conduct a thorough risk assessment.”
Following the abduction of 27 boys and their teachers from a secondary school in the Kagara region of the state last month, more than 20 schools in the state were closed.
Following the kidnapping, more than 250 girls were abducted from a secondary school in nearby Zamfara state, where some schools have also been closed since the incident.
Criminals targeting students in a growing kidnap-for-ransom crisis have forced the closure of some secondary schools in northern Nigeria’s Kano, Yobe, and Katsina states.
The Niger state government made the announcement on Thursday following a meeting with various security agencies.
The aim of the school closures, according to Ms Salihu, is to provide “strategies that will restore and guarantee sustainable protection and safety of students, school facilities, education managers, and teachers in the state.”.