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UN appalls over abduction of 317 schoolgirls in Nigeria

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Antonio Guterres was appalled by the abduction of more than 300 girls during an attack on Girl’s Science Secondary School Jangebe in Zamfara state, by suspected gunmen in Nigeria on Friday 26th of February, 2021.

Guterres who expressed his dissatisfaction over the unfortunate incident on his official social platform on Friday, said attacks on schools are a heinous violation of human rights, while called for the release of the girls to their families immediately and unconditionally.

Meanwhile, this incident coming barely a week after the abduction of dozens of schoolboys in Kagara, Niger State. Witnesses said the bandits stormed the Zamfara school, located on the outskirt Kwanar Bagare, around 1:40am on Friday after breaking the gate.

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari described the abduction of hundreds of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State as inhumane and totally unacceptable, sending out a strong warning to bandits and their sponsors.

He said his administration will not succumb to blackmail by bandits who target innocent school students in the expectations of huge ransom payments. “No criminal group can be too strong to be defeated by the government. The only thing standing between our security forces and the bandits are the rules of engagement.”


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