This Day (Lagos)

18 May 2014

Nigeria: Boko Haram Threatens Boys School in Benue

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Child soldier (file photo).

The Boko Haram terrorist group has threatened to abduct students of a popular Government Boys School in Makurdi, in their campaign against western education in the country.

The threat came on the heels of recent abduction of over two hundred female students of Chibok secondary school in Bornu state. However, a police source said the threat may just be some of the students of the school playing pranks with the Boko Haram situation. Confirming the threat, the Principal of the school (name withheld) in the heart of Makurdi town told THISDAY that they got two hand-written notes stating that members of Boko Haram will be storming the school on Friday and Monday to abduct students that will be married to the abducted girls of Chibok.

"We got two letters written in pidgin English, one was posted at my office and another one at the Dean of Studies office. Initially we didn't want to take it seriously but with recent Boko Haram activities in the country we immediately reported the matter to the police in Makurdi and they have since mounted security around the school," he said.

He said the group, in the letter dated May 14, informed that they would be attacking the school on Friday and the Monday after to carry out their plans, which necessitated the tightening of security.

Part of the content of the letter, according to the principal, was that the boys would be taken away and married to the abducted Chibok girls and thereafter be exchanged for the girls who they said would be freed.

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