Nigeria shuts schools in Abuja over fears of attack

All schools have been told to shut and send children home amid security fears in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and in nearby Nasarawa state.

Intelligence reports suggest armed groups are planning attacks in several states, including on the capital.

Schools, mainly in northern Nigeria, have become a target of kidnapping gangs in recent years – with hundreds of students held for ransom.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with security chiefs.

Most private schools were in the middle of exams when they were ordered by the authorities to close on Wednesday afternoon.

The news has caused concern for parents in a city populated by many civil servants, who often send their children to private schools.

Source: Fiilafmonline/BBC

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