On the night of 14–15 April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. Responsibility for the kidnappings was claimed by Boko Haram, an extremist and terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria. (Wikipedia)
Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary is a private co-educational school in Agunfoye-Lugbusi Village, Ikorodu, Lagos Nigeria. (Wikipedia)
Three students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School, a private school in Ikorodu, Lagos, have been abducted by a group of gunmen. (Pulse, 07.03.2016)
The five students and three staff of the Nigeria-Turkish International School located in Isheri Area of Ogun State were kidnapped on January 13. (Premium Times, January 24, 2017)
One of the first features to come by in a school environment is the security status. Parents and guardians would appreciate a secured environment for their children and wards respectively. Security personnel, fence and gate would make an appreciable feat for a school. In recent time attempts to beat the security of a school, particularly where the children of the rich are housed is turning a big job by the day with the mouth-watering sum demanded as ransom.
The ghost of past few years yet haunts. Attacks by assailants at the Government Secondary School Chibok, Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School and Nigerian-Turkish international School are still in mind.
Prevention is better than a cure, so they say. At times we are a mile into the middle of insecurity before we get conscious of our position. A mix of both preventive and curative plans is not bad for achieving a secured college.
The following tips would help guarantee security and safety in our colleges:
- Installation of CCTV is needful to capture all events around the school premises.
- Provision of fence and gates for the school compound to help keep the compound closed.
- Security personnel should be posted to man the gates and patrol the compound.
- Visitors’ entry into the premises should be by clearance from the security personnel.
- Students, staff and visitors should wear identity cards.
- Students should be taught security subjects (e.g Security Education.)
- Security checks should be conducted on staff to be employed before they are engaged.
- Schools should introduce security clubs to their students.
- Only parents or duly assigned surrogates should be allowed pick children or wards from schools.
- Unannounced search of students’ bags should carried out from time to time to prevent prevent dangerous weapons in schools.
- A central security alarm should be installed in the school compound.
- Strict monitoring of students’ activities to prevent cultism.
- Students should be encouraged to report suspicious moves or persons in the premises.
- Students should be allowed leave the school premises only when given a pass from the security.
- Loitering and car parking outside the school premises should be banned.
- Use of mobile phone should be prohibited.
- Access cards should be issued to students.
- Kids should be educated against talking to strangers.
- Teachers should be taught to be vigilant.
- Schools should set up security committee to regularly review security policies.