The Nigeria Police Force, FCT command has dismissed reports claiming schools in the capital city have been shut down over fears of bandit attacks.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that reports have been making the rounds on social media that the Nigerian Law School and Veritas University in the Bwari Area Council, as well as other schools, have been shut down over fear of Bandits or Fulani herdsmen attacks.
A senior Police Officer who spoke to Vanguard on the condition of anonymity disclosed that contrary to reports in the media, Veritas University has been on vacation after its first session programs were rounded up since the 3rd of May 2021. The source said the same thing applies to the Nigerian Law School.
According to the source, the police authorities have put in place various security strategies of protecting all schools in the FCT. The senior officer advised FCT residents to desist from spreading misinformation capable of causing unnecessary anxiety and panic noting that the Police and other security agencies were alive to their responsibilities.
Commenting on the movement of hundreds of Fulani Herdsmen, their families and livestock allegedly from Niger State, Zamfara state among others to Bauchi through Abuja and insinuations that there could be bandits and kidnappers among them, the source said the Police did not have any complaint of Herdsmen or bandits attack FCT residents from the Zuba-Kubwa-Bwari axis.
The police source added that security agencies in the FCT comprising the Police, Military, DSS, Para-military organizations have since activated strategies for the protection of schools in the FCT.