After security threats against the unity colleges in the FCT, the Federal Ministry of Education ordered the closure of all Federal Government Colleges (FGCs) in Abuja.
On Monday in Abuja, the ministry’s spokesperson, Ben Goong, acknowledged to journalists that the ministry had ordered the removal of pupils from the institutions.
According to Mr. Goong, the decision was made as a result of growing insecurity and threats to the kids’ safety and wellness.
While some FGCs will close on July 26, others were given till July 20 to leave the school grounds.
However, in response to orders from the federal ministry of education, the FGC, Kwali, had asked parents to pick up their children on Monday on July 24.
Terrorist attacks on the FCT have been threatened since the middle of 2021, with security agencies and the presidency issuing warnings of assaults on various occasions.
Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, had warned police commands of Boko Haram schemes to attack the FCT and Jos, the capital of Plateau State, in a letter sent to police commissioners in the FCT and Plateau State in May.
The same year, in December, the Nigerian Immigration Service alerted authorities of a potential terrorist strike in Abuja over the holiday season.
On July 5, Boko Haram terrorists took over the Kuje prisons, releasing tough convicts into Abuja. Five days later, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps issued a warning about Boko Haram’s plans to assault Christians and anyone living in the Federal Capital Territory.