New abduction at Nigeria school, hundreds feared missing
New abduction at Nigeria school, hundreds feared missing
A similar kidnapping at a school took place just over a week ago in the north-central state of Niger
27 February, 2021, 01:57
"The armed men came into the school with vehicles, then they forced some of the girls to walk with them", said Sulaiman Tunau Anka, a local government spokesperson.
Suspected armed bandits raided a school dormitory in north-western Nigeria overnight, a teacher and parent told AFP on Friday, raising fears of another mass kidnapping in the region. Friday's was the third such incident since December.
The rise in abductions is fuelled in part by sizeable government payoffs in exchange for child hostages, catalysing a broader breakdown of security in the north, officials have said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"I have spoken with the national council of the association, directing the state chapters of the association to make sure that they, alongside the government of the state should see how security personnel will be mobilised to secure the lives of all our children in all the government and private schools that are operating boarding facilities and so also day students".
"I receive call around 1:45am about wetin happun for di school and by 4am when I reach dia some parents don already dey dia but by den di gunmen don pack di students go, na just school authority dey try check who and who miss".
Resident Musa Mustapha said the gunmen also attacked a nearby military camp and checkpoint, preventing soldiers from interfering while the gunmen spent several hours at the school. "We will not listen to anyone now until we rescue our children".
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"People mobilised to block security operatives, journalists and government officials from getting access to the main town", he said. The incident drew widespread global attention, with then USA first lady Michelle Obama among the prominent figures calling for their return.
Amnesty International Nigeria said the abductions was "a serious violation of international humanitarian law".
This is the latest mass abduction targeting schools in recent weeks.
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