Worry has gripped many Nigerians over the fixed assaults on faculties by terrorists, kidnappers, bandits and different suspected prison components. To many Nigerians, the college atmosphere has now turn out to be an abduction floor. Many dad and mom, particularly these whose kids are within the boarding faculties now stay in concern over the security of their wards.
Recall that the nation was greeted on Wednesday morning with the information of an assault on Authorities Science Faculty, Kagara, Niger State. Reviews additionally had it that the college was not simply attacked however college students and workers of the college had been kidnapped by the gunmen who got here wearing army uniform.
The assault on the college and abduction of the scholars in Niger State, which has been beneath immense assaults recently by gunmen believed to be bandits, didn’t come to many Nigerians as a shock, as a result of it has turn out to be the stock-in-trade of insurgents and bandits working within the Nort-East, North-West and a part of the North-Central geopolitical zones.
In what has turn out to be a ‘warfare of schooling’, a core goal of the Boko Haram insurgency, whose alias translate to ‘Guide is Evil’, insurgents and bandits have continued to accentuate assaults on faculties, killing and abducting college students at will. However DAILY POST observes that the governments in any respect ranges and the safety brokers have remained helpless and solely ready to barter the discharge of the kidnapped.
The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawal succinctly analysed the impact of the warfare on Training when he mentioned on Tuesday that oldsters, who needed to be cajoled and inspired to ship their kids to highschool within the North could have discovered a real motive not to take action any longer.
Lawan mentioned: “Let me be a bit clear in regards to the incidents of abducting college students from faculties.
“Nearly all of the incidents of abducting college students from faculties occurred in Northern Nigerian and everyone knows our leaders of yesterday, in all probability proper from independence, have labored so onerous to make sure that kids go to highschool in Northern a part of Nigeria.
“With incidents like these, we shall be reversing all of the features that had been made in convincing dad and mom to take their kids to highschool.
“So there’s a want for our safety companies and authorities to make sure that we provide you with methods of making certain safety in faculties.
“As a result of with these spate of kidnappings and abductions, positively there shall be that adverse opposed impact on the will and willingness of oldsters to permit their kids to go to highschool.
“And the results of not going to highschool are higher imagined in twenty first Century Nigeria.”
However the insurgents and bandits working within the Northern a part of the nation could have discovered assaults on faculties as a potent instrument, not simply to additional their agenda, however a technique to entice consideration and make good with the negotiations that observe. This has led to a plethora of assaults and abductions within the nation.
DAILY POST presents a timeline of assaults and abductions on faculties from 2013 to 2021.
2013 Damaturu College assault
The Boko Haram insurgents attacked Authorities Secondary College, Damaturu, the Yobe State capital in June 2013. In the course of the assault, eight college students and a trainer had been killed whereas they had been taking dinner.
2013 Mamudo, Yobe State College Bloodbath
What could cross as essentially the most callous of the Boko Haram assaults in faculties happened in Mamudo, Yobe State on the sixth of July, 2013.
The insurgents had attacked a boarding faculty in Mamudo housing about 1,200 college students, killing 42 individuals together with academics and college students within the course of. In keeping with experiences, the victims had been gathered collectively whereas their attackers shot at them and threw explosives. In addition they poured petrol on the college constructing to burn it down.
2013 Yobe Faculty of Agriculture assault
It was the flip of the Yobe State Faculty of Agriculture situated in Gujba, as Boko Haram insurgents attacked the college on the twenty ninth of September, 2013, killing 50 college students who had been dispersed to the nice past of their sleep.
The provost of the faculty, Molima Idi Mato, whereas describing what occurred, uttered these phrases: “They attacked our college students whereas they had been sleeping, they opened fireplace on them.”
2014 Chibok Ladies abduction
Maybe the preferred of the abductions of scholars by the dreaded insurgents was that of the scholars of Authorities Ladies Secondary College, Chibok on the 14th of April, 2014, because it attracted international consideration, resulting in the well-known Deliver Again Our Ladies Motion (BBOG).
Within the assault on the college, 276 ladies had been whisked away by the insurgents resulting in nationwide and international outrage as experiences claimed they had been compelled from their dormitories and pushed in vehicles to the bush.
2018 Dapchi Ladies abduction
The success of the Chibok operation should have emboldened the Boko Haram insurgents to once more strike in Dapchi, Yobe State the place they attacked Authorities Ladies’ Science and Technical Faculty (GGSTC), abducting 110 ladies within the course of. This was on February 19, 2018.
Dapchi is situated in Bulabulin, Yunusari Native Authorities space of Yobe State.
Coming barely 4 years after the Chibok episode, the kidnapping led to a different uproar, however not like the Chibok ladies who stayed in captivity for years, 104 of the ladies regained freedom on the twenty first of March, 2018.
Reviews had it that 5 of the ladies died whereas one different, Leah Sharibu remained in captivity until date on account of her refusal to denounce her Christian religion and convert to Islam as instructed by her captors.
2020 Kankara Katsina State abduction
On the eleventh of December, 2020 gunmen suspected to be bandits struck on the Authorities Science Secondary College, Kankara, in Kankara Native Authorities Space of Katsina State, abducting greater than 300 college students without delay.
Consultants mentioned the Kankara abduction, clearly the most important single abduction thus far within the nation, greater than something, uncovered the precarious safety scenario in Nigeria.
Katsina State, identical to a number of others within the North-West geopolitical zone of the nation, has been the hotbed of bandits’ prison actions together with large kidnappings, killings and destruction of property.
A number of days later, 344 college students of the college had been launched in a forest in Zamfara State by bandits after reported negotiations.
February 2021 Kagara, Niger State Abduction
Within the wee hours of Wednesday, February 16, 2021, gunmen as soon as once more struck, attacking a college and taking away college students and workers at will.
This time, the Authorities Science Faculty, Kagara, Niger State was the goal, because the gunmen, believed to be bandits, stormed the college in army uniform and overpowered the safety guards on responsibility.
Although there is no such thing as a precise variety of these kidnapped, official experiences have put it at 27.
To underscore why the insurgents and attackers have turn out to be emboldened to maintain attacking faculties and abducting college students, the Niger State Authorities on Wednesday mentioned it could undertake the method of the Katsina State Authorities within the launch of the Kankara boys, which is negotiation.
A Vote of No Confidence
Pained that college students and workers of the college beneath his constituency have been added to the victims of banditry within the nation, the Senator representing Niger South, Senator Mohammed Birma Enagi, declared on Wednesday that the Federal Authorities is “incompetent” in coping with the rising insecurity within the nation.
Enagi mentioned: “The enemies of God, bandits, terrorists, kidnappers are in every single place. The place are we heading to on this nation? What else do we want as lawmakers that we’re not doing?
“Can we rightly say that the federal government is incompetent? As a result of this subject has been mentioned right here time and again and there’s no enchancment. It’s getting worse.
“I’m positive all people right here has tales to inform in regards to the safety challenges. What else are we supposed to try this we’re not doing?
“Are we presupposed to amend the legal guidelines on this nation to present each citizen freedom to hold arms?
“Are we going to amend the Structure to present extra powers to the governors who’re the safety heads of their numerous states as a result of our authorities on the centre is displaying incompetence in dealing with insecurity – as a result of it’s not his son or his daughter that has been kidnapped. I anticipate all people in authorities to suppose like that.
“As an alternative of making financial alternatives that can have interaction the unemployed and generate employment, the federal government is giving palliatives.”
Additionally talking on the seeming ‘warfare on schooling’, a safety guide, Tunde Sosina believes that the federal government bought it fallacious proper from the start. In keeping with him, you can not negotiate your self out of an issue with a prison and anticipate him to not come calling once more when he’s broke or wants one thing.
“Criminals are like pests, they preserve displaying their faces after they know you’re working from a place of weak spot. The Nigerian authorities has been working from the place of weak spot because it agreed to barter proper from the start for the discharge of kidnapped college students. For the insurgents and bandits, they now see kidnapping college students as an efficient technique to maintain the federal government by the balls and get no matter they needed. In addition they see the difficulty as a possible political downside authorities won’t wish to fester.
“The one method out of that is for the federal government to face its floor, name their bluff and take the warfare to the insurgents and bandits. If this isn’t carried out, Nigerians will proceed to witness assaults on faculties and abduction of scholars. For insurgents and bandits, that’s essentially the most potent weapon of their arsenal”, Mr. Sosina mentioned.
Efforts made to succeed in the spokespersons of the safety companies for his or her reactions to those developments didn’t yield outcomes as calls to their telephones rang out with out response.