The University of the Federal Capital Territory has put the resumption of classes on hold indefinitely due to security concerns in Abuja.
The restart of students at Veritas University, a Catholic Church-owned private university in the Federal Capital Territory’s Bwari Area Council, has been put on hold indefinitely. The school administration justified their decision by citing the current security situation in the FCT. The Bwari area has recently been in the headlines due to issues such as kidnapping.
When news broke two weeks ago that some suspected bandits had been spotted in a neighboring town in Niger State, schools in the region were immediately closed. The university’s administration maintained at the time that the closure was not due to security concerns, but rather that the students were on a brief break. “We were told to remain back,” says the narrator. The school administration, we were told, cannot afford to pay a ransom if bandits attack the school. “You are aware that there have been a number of mass kidnappings at schools. We’ve been advised to remain back till further notice,” one of the kids told The PUNCH, who did not want her name published. A member of the institution’s staff also confirmed the news to our correspondent. Following that, the source provided with our correspondent a document signed by the university’s Registrar, Dr Stella Okonkwo, on the subject.
‘Reversal of decision to reopen the university,’ according to a memo dated May 29, 2021. “The committee reviewed allegations of a kidnapping incident at the Kuchiko axis of Bwari, as well as the leaked IGP circular warning of probable threats in Plateau and Abuja, and agreed that the current security situation was concerning,” it said.