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Matawalle Shuts Down School, Suspends Staff over ‘Desecration’ of Qur’an

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has sent all staff of Shattima Model Primary School in Gusau on indefinite suspension following the alleged desecration of the Holy Qur’an in the school.

Matawalle, in a statement by his Director-General of Press Affairs, Yusuf Idris, said the school has also been shut down pending an investigation by the state basic education commission.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that pages of the Holy Qur’an were discovered around 11am on Friday in the school’s sewage.

Matawalle, who is currently in the United States to woo investors, said the government would fish out “perpetrators of the act.”

“Government will deal ruthlessly with anyone with a hand in this dastardly act, however highly placed.”

The governor has also directed the immediate deployment of three additional security guards to all public primary schools in the state capital to beef up security.

He urged residents to be more vigilant and asked them to report suspicious movements in their areas to security agencies or Sharia commission officials for prompt intervention.

Several cases of alleged desecration of the Qu’ran had been recorded in the state. The incidences reportedly occurred at Danturai Primary School, the state library, Farida General Hospital, Government Day Secondary School, Sabon Gari and Rabi’a Jumaat Mosque, among others, all within Gusau metropolis.


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