The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar has ordered the strengthening of security in all boarding schools in and around Makurdi, Benue State.
Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the order became necessary as a result of a 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.
“Consequently, Benue State Police Command, working in conjunction with the state Ministry of Education and the affected school authorities, has strengthened surveillance in the schools and other boarding schools within Makurdi metropolis,” he stated.
Mba added that the police have commenced investigations aimed at ascertaining the source and authenticity or otherwise of the said handwritten letter now in possession of the Force.
“The Police High Command wishes to advise residents of all host communities nationwide where boarding schools are located to remain perpetually on the alert and report any suspicious movement to the appropriate authorities,” he added.
The April 14 abduction of over 200 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok has generated a wave of international outcry, with many foreign governments offering to assist the Federal Government in the search for the missing girls.