Insecurity: Police orders increased patrols around Kano schools

Hussaini Gumel, the Kano State Police Commissioner, has asked Operational Commanders and Divisional Police Officers to increase patrols around all primary and secondary schools, as well as higher institutions in the state.

SP Abdullahi Haruna, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, issued this statement on Wednesday.

He stated that the move was in accordance with the Inspector-General of Police’s (Kayode Egbetokun) recommendations on school safety under the Safe Schools Initiative.

Haruna stated that the instruction was aimed at strengthening the protection of lives and property, particularly the safety of schools and students.

“The measure is aimed at ensuring the safety and security of students, teachers, and staff and to boost the overall educational sector in the state.

“The intention of increasing the presence of police personnel in these areas is to further deter criminal activities and provide a secure environment conducive to learning and teaching.”

He urged members of the public, particularly school administrators, teachers, parents, and students, to cooperate fully with the Police and other security agencies and report any suspicious activities for prompt action.

While thanking the people of the state for their support, cooperation, and understanding, the commissioner urged them to keep reporting any suspicious movement of persons or items to the nearest Police station.

Over 280 pupils and teachers of Government Secondary School and LEA primary school at Kuriga, Kaduna State were abducted by bandits last Thursday, triggering national outrage.

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Amnesty International, the Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, and the House of Representatives condemned the attack and asked the government to rescue the victims immediately

On Thursday, the bandits reportedly raided the Kuriga region of Kaduna State’s Chikun Local Government region, firing at their victims before kidnapping at least 280 students and instructors from two schools.

The secondary school was shifted to the primary school due to council insecurity.

The event happened just 24 hours after insurgents kidnapped 200 internally displaced women in Borno State.

The women were kidnapped in Ngala, the seat of Gambarou Ngala in Borno State, while collecting firewood in the forest.