Sokoto govt suspends resumption of schools for one week

The state government of Sokoto has announced the suspension of the resumption of primary and secondary schools in the state by one week.

The News of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the schools were supposed to resume on Sunday and Monday, for residence and day students.

The suspension was announced on Sunday in Sokoto via a statement by Ibrahim Iya, spokesperson for the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.

It said the suspension was a follow-up to the 24-hour clock rule announced by the government.

It added that the Commissioner of Basic and Secondary Education, Bello Guiwa, had ordered all public and private schools to resume on 22 May for residence and 23 May for day students.

However, final-year students who are supposed to start their WAEC exams on Monday, 16 May 2022, will not be affected.

“Parents, teachers, STCs and PTAs are expected to please comply with the directive,” it added.

In a related development, corps members serving in the state of Sokoto, especially those in the Sokoto metropolis, were advised to stay home due to the 24-hour curfew rule.

This is stated in another statement by the spokesperson of the scheme in the state of Sokoto, Sani Idris, Sunday in Sokoto,

It said the management of the scheme contacted all the security agencies to ensure the safety of its corps members during and after the curfew period.

Arrangements have also been made for the police and army patrol vehicles to step up surveillance in all the corps members’ locations.

“Management has encouraged corps members to remain calm and law-abiding at all times and also assured them that things will soon return to normal in the state,” it added.

The government announced a 24-hour checkpoint in the Sokoto metropolis on Saturday, following violent protests by some youths.

They are seeking the release of some suspects arrested by the security agencies for the alleged murder and arson of Deborah Samuel on Thursday.

Ms Samuel, a 200-level Home Economics student from Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, allegedly committed blasphemy in a school WhatsApp group.

Her remains are said to have been buried by her family in her hometown of Tungar Magajiya, Rijau Local Government of Niger, on Saturday.

The Sokoto state government and other security agencies are also investigating the incident.

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