2 July 2014

Nigeria: Letter Threatens Abduction of Schoolgirls in Nasarawa

Lafia — The Nasarawa State government yesterday confirmed reports of a letter purportedly written by Boko Haram insurgents threatening to abduct girls from a school in the state.

The Commissioner for Education, Barrister Yakubu Na'Hauwa, confirmed that there was a letter from Boko Haram to the principal of GSSS, Lafia, threatening to abduct his female students. He said the letter sought the principal's cooperation with the insurgents to avoid bloodshed during the operation. He could not confirm receipt of such letters by the other schools which were also said to have been written.

"I was not in the state, but I returned to receive a complaint from the principal of GSSS Lafia about the purported threat letter Boko Haram to abduct female students from the school," he said, adding that he had to urgently instruct the ministry's permanent secretary to do a formal complaint to the state government, drawing attention to the letter on the need to quickly act on it.

The letters were said to have been received yesterday from dispatch riders who stopped at the gates of three schools in the state. State police spokesman ASP Ismaila Umaru said his office had no information on the incident and did not confirm the threat letters.

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