Boko Haram: Prin­ci­pal urges schools to be se­cu­rity con­scious

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Seun Adeuyi

As part of strate­gic moves to cur­tail the ac­tiv­i­ties of Boko Haram in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), the Prin­ci­pal, Bi­ca­dos In­ter­na­tional School, off Bwari road, Kubwa, Mr. Okeke Ogonna, has urged schools to be at alert and se­cu­rity con­scious.

The prin­ci­pal made this known in an in­ter­view with City News in his of­fice dur­ing the week­end.

Mr. Okeke said: “The prob­lem with Nige­ri­ans is that we are al­ways re­laxed but when some­thing bad hap­pens, we sit up but af­ter a while we re­lax again.”

The prin­ci­pal, who noted that the cur­rent bomb­ings in the FCT could threaten the growth of the na­tion, stated that the time had come for Nige­ri­ans to sit up, adding that se­cu­rity is all about ev­ery­one be­ing vig­i­lant and not the du­ties of the se­cu­rity per­son­nel alone.

While ad­vo­cat­ing the need for Nige­ri­ans to be on the look­out for any­thing strange in the en­vi­ron­ment, Okeke ex­plained that the tar­get of the “evil do­ers” is al­ways a crowded place, cit­ing the Kuje and Nyanya re­cent at­tacks as in­stances.

He pointed out that se­cu­rity posts should be con­structed out­side the gate of each school. “That would go a long way in pre­vent­ing them from car­ry­ing out their evil plans.”

“Schools need to pro­tect its cit­i­zens. Each school should know their staff in and out. Visi­tors and staff mem­bers should be screened thor­oughly be­fore they are al­lowed to go into the school premises and also, all car own­ers should be made to park their cars out­side the school com­pound or screened be­fore go­ing in. They can plant bomb on a staff car,” he said.

He ap­pealed to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and wealthy in­di­vid­u­als to pro­vide se­cu­rity gad­gets for schools in form of do­na­tions.

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