The government of Jigawa State has ordered the shutdown of all schools in the state.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the state Commissioner for Education, Lawan Yusuf, confirmed the closure to journalists in Dutse on Wednesday, citing security concerns as the reason.
The schools were shuttered on Wednesday morning, according to Yusuf, after the state received intelligence regarding possible assaults on schools across the country, especially in border states.
A correspondent of the NAN who visited some of the schools reported that all pupils, including those in boarding schools, had been allowed to return home.
Dutse Model International School, Government Commercial Secondary School, Dutse Capital School, and Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi Government Day Secondary School were among the schools visited.
Personnel from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were spotted patrolling Dutse schools.
According to NAN, schools in the state were initially slated to close on Friday following the conclusion of third-term exams.
However, students who were still completing exams were instructed to return home, a development that created concern among Dutse inhabitants.