School abductions violate pupils’ right to education, NEF laments

The Professor Ango Abdullahi-led Northern Elders Forum, on Saturday, expressed concern over the abduction of no fewer than 287 pupils and teachers of the Government Secondary School and LEA Primary School, Kuriga 1, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State by bandits.

Bandits stormed the LEA Primary Kuriga around 8:30 am on Thursday, shortly after the morning assembly, and whisked away the pupils and staff of the schools.

It was learnt that the secondary school was relocated to the primary school as a result of insecurity in the area.

The state governor, Uba Sani, however, assured the people of the state that the abducted pupils would be rescued unhurt.

In the same vein, the NEF said it was saddened by the worsening state of security in the nation highlighted by the alarming increase in school abductions.

According to the northern elders, the recent attack and mass abductions in Kuriga village, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State have once again brought to the forefront the grave security challenges facing Northern Nigeria.

The forum, in a statement by its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, released in Kaduna, condemned the heinous act and expressed deep concern over the escalating wave of school abductions in the region.

The statement partly read, “This incident, where over 200 students and teachers were kidnapped from LEA Primary school, further underscores the fragile state of security in the nation.”



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