…deploys 2000 policemen to 300 public schools
As part of measures to enhance safety in public schools in Northeast, at least 2000 armed policemen have been deployed to public schools in that part of the country.
The security measure, it was learnt, focused on troubled states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno, where over 300 public schools will be safeguarded by security operatives to guarantee safety of both students and teachers in the schools.
Safety of schools in Northeast has attracted concerns from Nigerians, following repeated abduction of students.
In 2014, 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from Chibok, Borno state, while in February this year, 110 students, mostly girls, were abducted from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College by Boko Haram in Dapchi, Yobe state.
Seemingly disappointed with the poor state of security of schools in Northeast, Nigerians have mounted pressure on the police hierarchy to immediately dedicate personnel to students and teachers safety in the hotbed of crisis in the country.
The IGP, apparently heeded to Nigerians’ call, by ordering the withdrawal of his men attached to Very Important Persons (VIPs) across the country yesterday and hinged his decision to the security situation in parts of Nigeria.
Idris, it was gathered, would embark on appraisal visits in the Northeast where he will visit the schools and access performance of policemen.
The police chief will also visit Dapchi community in Yobe State to commiserate with the families of the 110 abducted girls.
During the Northeast visit, the IGP would hold meetings with various stakeholders engaging in the fight against Boko Haram with a view to supporting them and also interact with top government officials, community leaders and traditional rulers as part of his effort to strengthen synergy in the campaign against the insurgency.