Nigerian police operatives/Photo: AFP

By Ige Olugbenga with agency report

The Police Command in Enugu state is to collaborate with stakeholders to implement the federal government’s Safe School Initiative in primary and secondary schools starting from June.

The Enugu Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, made this known in an interview with NAN Enugu  on Tuesday.

The FG initiated the project to protect schools and children against violent attacks by terrorists and kidnappers, following attacks on schools, especially in the Northeast.

“The command has concluded arrangements to partner principals and proprietors of public and private secondary schools in Enugu State to promote and maintain sustainable safety of lives and properties in our schools.

“The command will also collaborate with the state Ministry of Education and Post Primary School Board, among other bodies,’’ Amaraizu said.

He said the police are being proactive to ensure schools are safe and secure for teaching and learning.

Schools and pupils have been subjects of attack by kidnappers, who have often demanded huge ransoms from relations of their victims to ensure their releases.

The threat to the safety of school children came to the fore in 2014 when more than 200 schoolgirls in Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno, were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents.