The Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar has ordered the strengthening of security in all boarding schools in and around Makurdi, the Benue State capital. The directive is coming on the heels of recent threat letter purportedly issued by elements claiming to be Boko Haram members to two all-boys Secondary Schools – Government College, Makurdi, and Mount Saint Gabriel College Makurdi.
According to a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, CSP, the Benue State Police Command, working in partnership with the State Ministry of Education and the affected school authorities, have strengthened surveillance in the schools and other boarding schools within Makurdi metropolis.
Mba stated that the police have commenced investigations aimed at ascertaining the source and authenticity or otherwise of the said hand-written letter now in possession of the Force.
He also conveyed the Police High Command’s advice to residents of all host communities nationwide where boarding schools are located to continually be on the alert and report any suspicious movement to the appropriate authorities