Daily Trust (Abuja)

13 November 2012

Nigeria: Boko Haram Threat Forces Schools to Shut Down in Gashua

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Damaturu — A letter by alleged Boko Haram members on the notice board of the College of Education, Gashua yesterday threatening students and authorities to vacate the school for their safety, has led to the closure of all the institutions in the town.

Students in the college told our correspondent that copies of the letter were pasted on the notice board and dropped in several locations of the school

"I read the letter on the notice board, and from its content calling on students leave the school for their safety or risk being burnt along with the school."

A principal officer in the college who did not want his name mentioned said the incident was reported to the SSS. "And they advised us to shut the school temporarily, so that we shouldn't take chances because anything can happen."

Similarly, there was a report that the letter was also dropped at Comprehensive Science Secondary School Gashua where students were said to have fled.

JTF spokesman Lieutenant Eli Lazarus confirmed the incident, saying security had been beefed up in the area.

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