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Nigerian authorities not doing enough to save lives – Amnesty

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Amnesty International has said that the Nigerian authorities are not doing enough to save lives, over the abducted students and teachers at Government Science Secondary School, Niger State on Wednesday 17th February, 2021.

Amnesty made this known on its official social platform on Wednesday, said the appalling attack came only about three months after a similar incident at a school in Kankara, Katsina state, while the children abducted are in serious risk of being harmed.

“Education is under attack in northern Nigeria. Schools should be places of safety, and no child should have to choose between their education and their life. Others children had to abandon education after being displaced by frequent violent attacks on their communities.

“This is coming only about three months after a similar incident at a school in Kankara, Katsina state, shows that authorities are not doing enough to protect lives. The children abducted are in serious risk of being harmed”, Amnesty said.

Amnesty condemned the attack, which is the latest in a string of attacks on schools in north. “Attacks on schools and abductions of children are war crimes. The perpetrators must be brought to justice for these and other human rights abuses.

“The Nigerian authorities must act immediately to prevent attacks on schools, to protect children’s lives and their right to education. It is a serious violation of international humanitarian law, and it undermines the right to education for thousands of children in northern”, Amnesty said.





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