Nigeria’s ‘Forgotten’ Abducted Students

For some years, schools in Nigeria have been at the centre of attacks by kidnappers. The attacks, which led to abductions of students, also destroyed many lives and homes. Hundreds of students still in captivity, including some Chibok girls, abducted seven years ago.

Some parents have died while many students are yet to fully recover from the trauma. Daily Trust reports.

Despite global and local condemnations, the trend has continued, forcing some state governments to shut schools and fortify others.

Some students have died from these attacks. Some of the abductees escaped or were released after the payment of ransoms.

While the military has also been helpful in securing the release of some of these abductees, hundreds of others have remained in captivity as rescue efforts seem to have whittled down with time.

Twenty-two parents have died as the waiting continues following a series of promises from the federal and state governments, as well as security agencies.

Those alive and awaiting the return of their children said the situation had altered their lives as hope for their safe return wanes by the day.

Parents of 136 Niger abductees burdened by ransom

One hundred and thirty-six students of Salihu Tanko Islamiya School in Tegina, Niger State, abducted on May 30, 2021, are still in captivity. Unfortunately, three of the children died.

Daily Trust learnt that parents of the abducted children are weighed down by anxiety and concern over their wellbeing as they labour to raise money for the ransom demanded by the kidnappers.

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