The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has assured all schools in troubled North-East currently threatened by Boko Haram terrorists, of adequate police protection. This happened same day that President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to punish the nation’s security chiefs if another case of students’ abduction is recorded in any part of the country.
The police boss gave the assurance in Borno state on Friday during a visit to Government College and Yelwa Government Girls College Maiduguri, revealing that five female and five male police operatives would be detailed to guard girls’ college.
He stressed that the police were determined to end the spate of kidnappings in the region and assured the students that each school would have 4 policemen, except in Yelwa Government Girls College where 10 police personnel were attached.
Idris, therefore, called on the students and the managers of the schools to cooperate with the police attached to their schools by reporting all suspicious characters to them for immediate action.
He urged them to shun all social vices and be law-abiding to avoid jeopardising their future.
Buhari had, while hosting recently-released Dapchi schoolgirls and their parents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said, “The security services have since been directed to put in place further measures around all schools vulnerable to attacks to ensure the safety of our pupils/students and teachers and school workers.
“I have tasked all the security agencies to work to ensure that we do not witness any recurrence of these incidents. Security chiefs have been warned in clear terms that any lapse on their parts will be viewed seriously.”
Meanwhile, in their separate responses to IGP Idris, the Principal of Government College, Mr Abba Gana, and that of Government Girls College, Hajia Bintu Abakura, commended the IG of Police for the visit.
Both principals assured Idris of their support in reporting all suspicious cases to the police, even as they lauded him for the initiative.