The series of abductions of students in some states in Northern Nigeria is threatening the future of millions of children in the region, stakeholders told the Daily Trust on Monday.
Boko Haram fighters, bandits, and other miscreants have found schools in some states in the region as soft targets and have abducted hundreds of students in recent times. States that recently witnessed the abduction of students and in some instances teachers include Katsina, Niger, Kano, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kaduna. All the incidents were attributed to bandits.
The Boko Haram terrorists have also carried out daring abductions in Borno (Chibok where 276 schoolgirls were taken away in April 2014) and in Yobe (Dapchi where 110 girls were seized in February 2018).
While some of those abducted have been released, many others are still in captivity.
The most recent abduction was at the UBE Primary School in Rama, a village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
It happened 24 hours after security agents thwarted an attempted abduction of 307 students of Government Science Secondary School in Ikara Local Government Area of the state and another attack at the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) quarters in Igabi LGA of the state.
On Thursday night, bandits had invaded the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, in Igabi LGA and abducted 39 students comprising 23 females and 16 males.