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Northwest State Government Closes Technical College For Fear Of Terrorist Attack

Kano State, Northwest Nigeria has closed a tertiary institution over fears of a terrorist attack.

The Kano State Government in Northwest Nigeria has ordered the immediate closure of Government Technical College (GTC) Bagauda for fear of terrorist attack. 

Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id Kiru, the state’s Commissioner for Education, announced the directive due to what he called a “disturbing security report.”

Kiru added that there was a need to protect the lives of the students, teachers, and other staff of the college.

“Following disturbing security reports, we hereby announce the immediate closure of Bagauda Technical College to protect the lives of students and staff of the college,” the Commissioner said. 

Terrorism is rising in Northwest and North-central Nigeria where armed groups are attacking homes and educational establishments and kidnapping for ransom. 

Kiru called on the parents to immediately evacuate their children from the college and wait for further directives.

“I wish to express appreciation to the state government, parents, and guardians for their unflinching support and cooperation on government’s policies and directives especially on security-related matters.” 

Kano State is yet to experience an attack on its schools and there has been no abduction of students like its neighbouring Katsina and Kaduna states that are currently struggling to contain the activities of terrorists targeting schools for abduction.  

Regardless, the state government has been taking pre-emptive steps in the wake of attacks in Kaduna and Katsina states, closing and opening schools for fear of similar attacks. 

In February this year, the state government closed boarding secondary schools and tertiary institutions in the remote areas of the state.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru is an assistant editor and head of extremism and radicalization desks at HumAngle. He is a fact-checker and has a passion for analyzing jihadism in Africa and telling the stories of those affected by conflict and insecurity. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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