The Inspector- General of Police, Muhammad Abubakar, has ordered the strengthening of security in all boarding schools in and around Makurdi, the capital of Benue State, north central Nigeria.
This is coming on the heels of 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, the 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.
In a related development, the police have commenced investigations aimed at ascertaining the source and authenticity or otherwise of the said hand-written letter now in possession of the Force.
The police high command advised 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.