A secondary school in Bauchi State, Saádu Zungur Model Primary and Secondary School, has been shut down by the State government over the weekend, after illegal marriages between students was conducted by senior students organizedby in its premises.
The order to close down the school which came from the State’s deputy State Governor, Nuhu Gidado, who is also the State’s Commissioner for Education, also affected the primary section of the school
It was also disclosed that the school will remain closed until a special committee is set up by the government, whose task will be to come up with detailed reports and recommendations on the issue.
The illegal marriage which was blamed on moral decadence in the society, in a press statement by Yakubu Adamu, Gidado’s Special Assistant on Communications.
According to Nigerian Tribune, this is not the first time such marriage will be organized, as it was gathered that the male students reportedly paid a brideprice of N500 to their brides-to-be as the condition for the marriages.
It was also revealed that the classmates of the intending couples, contributed money for snacks which would be eaten during such ceremonies.