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Monday, March 13

Bauchi secondary school where students secretly marry themselves shutdown

Bauchi State Government has ordered the closure of the ‘Sa’adu Zungur’ model primary and secondary school.
This followed discovery that some senior students conduct illegal marriages among themselves within the school.

Although male and female students study in separate classes in the school, attention of the management was drawn to such illegal marriages last week when an SS2 student (name withheld) organised an illegal wedding ceremony in classrooms.
Male students paid N500 as dowry to their female counterparts as precondition for their marriages, while classmates of both the ‘grooms and brides’ contribute money for refreshments at the ceremonies usually conducted secretly.
The cheers and noise reportedly attracted teachers who were still within the school premises after learning hours.
The teachers rushed to the classroom and discovered that a wedding ceremony was taking place between the two students.

The development which angered government officials led to the closure of both the primary and secondary sections of the school.
The matter was then reported to the school Principal, Malam Ahmed Zailani, who informed the Ministry of Education.
Bauchi Deputy Governor, Engineer Nuhu Gidado, in his reaction attributed the children’s illegal marriages to the threats of moral decadence in the society.
A statement on Monday by his media aide, Yakubu Adamu, disclosed that he directed the immediate closure of the school on Friday, 10th March, 2017 after being notified about the issue.

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