Nigeria: School abduction: We’ll hold FG accountable, says SERAP

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has vowed to hold Nigerian Government accountable if the abducted students and teacher by armed men are not rescue immediately, over the attack at Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.

The Organization made this known on its official social platform on Wednesday, while called on the authorities to locate and ensure the safe release of the teachers and students, urged the abductors to be arrested and brought to justice.

SERAP narrated the unfortunate incident, which started at about 2:00am on Wednesday, suggests that Nigerian authorities are failing to live up to their commitments to provide safe a learning environment.

“Some teachers and family members were also reportedly abducted by the gunmen. The operations started from the staff quarters and ended in the students’ hostels, and in the process, one student was reportedly killed while others were wounded.

SERAP added that the gunmen reportedly gathered some staff and students at a place for hours before moving them out of the school premises to an unknown destination. “They wore military uniform and entered the school premises, which has about 1000 students, and overpowered the security guard.

“Nigerian authorities must probe the reported spending of N3.2bn on Safe School Initiative in 2014, and publish details of spending to date on the Initiative. Public funds budgeted for the Initiative have clearly not achieved a safe school environment for children in the country.

“Attacking students and teachers is a crime against humanity. Such attacks inflict severe psychological distress on victims, and cause interruptions in education. Nigerian authorities must ensure a safe school environment for students and teachers”, SERAP said.

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