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Leah Sharibu’s school, Government Girls Science Technical College Dapchi shut over fear of Boko Haram attack


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Government Girls Science Technical College Dapchi has been shut down after Boko Haram insurgents launched an attack at Babangida in Tarmuwa Local Government which is just 50km from the community.

The girls’ secondary school where over 100 school girls were abducted on February 19, 2018 along with Leah Sharibu who is still in captivity, was shut down after the leadership of PTA of the school reached a decision of ensuring the safety of the students.

The school’s PTA chairman, Alhaji Bashir Manzo who spoke on behalf of other members of the PTA excos, said the JTF Commander in Dapchi ordered an evacuation of students from their hostels after an intelligence report of Boko Haram insurgents being sighted at Sasawa close to the town.

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It was further learnt that only 50 students resumed for the new academic session.

“It is true that the school has been closed down for now because of the recent developments that are going on around the town.

“Last Thursday, the military commander in Dapchi instructed that the girls should be moved out of the hostel.

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“They were evacuated to the house of the District Head. The military told us that some Boko Haram elements were sighted at Sasawa and therefore the school girls should be kept safe.

“For the second time again, the soldiers came and instructed for the evacuation of the girls to the house of the District Head where they slept.

“Now following what happened in Babangida yesterday and the recent developments, we sat down with the PTA and decided that the children should just go home pending when adequate security measures will be taken.

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“We gathered the students and addressed them and gave them transport fare to go back to their houses.

“We have written a letter which will be sent to the SSS, police, and the permanent Secretary of Ministry of education on the decision that we have taken. This is the reason why GGSTC Dapchi is closed for now,” Manzo explained.

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