Fear as Boko Haram, kidnappers, bandits target Nigerian schools

Concern has gripped many Nigerians over the fixed assaults on faculties by terrorists, kidnappers, bandits and different suspected felony components. To many Nigerians, the college atmosphere has now turn out to be an abduction floor. Many mother and father, particularly these whose youngsters are within the boarding faculties now stay in worry over the protection of their wards.

Recall that the nation was greeted on Wednesday morning with the information of an assault on Authorities Science School, Kagara, Niger State. Studies additionally had it that the college was not simply attacked however college students and employees of the college have 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 these days 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 Schooling when he stated on Tuesday that folks, who needed to be cajoled and inspired to ship their youngsters to highschool within the North could have discovered a real cause not to take action any longer.

Lawan stated: “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, most likely proper from independence, have labored so exhausting to make sure that youngsters go to highschool in Northern a part of Nigeria.

“With incidents like these, we will probably be reversing all of the good points that have been made in convincing mother and father to take their youngsters 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 will probably be that detrimental opposed impact on the will and willingness of fogeys to permit their youngsters to go to highschool.

“And the implications 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 might have discovered assaults on faculties as a potent device, not simply to additional their agenda, however a solution to entice consideration and make good with the negotiations that comply with. 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 instructor have been killed whereas they have been taking dinner.

2013 Mamudo, Yobe State College Bloodbath

What might move as probably the most callous of the Boko Haram assaults in faculties passed off 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. Based on stories, the victims have been gathered collectively whereas their attackers shot at them and threw explosives. Additionally they poured petrol on the college constructing to burn it down.

2013 Yobe School of Agriculture assault

It was the flip of the Yobe State School of Agriculture positioned in Gujba, as Boko Haram insurgents attacked the college on the twenty ninth of September, 2013, killing 50 college students who have been dispersed to the good 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 have been sleeping, they opened fireplace on them.”

2014 Chibok Women abduction

Maybe the most well-liked of the abductions of scholars by the dreaded insurgents was that of the scholars of Authorities Women Secondary College, Chibok on the 14th of April, 2014, because it attracted international consideration, resulting in the well-known Carry Again Our Women Motion (BBOG).

Within the assault on the college, 276 ladies have been whisked away by the insurgents resulting in nationwide and international outrage as stories claimed they have been compelled from their dormitories and pushed in vehicles to the bush.

2018 Dapchi Women 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 Women’ Science and Technical School (GGSTC), abducting 110 ladies within the course of. This was on February 19, 2018.

Dapchi is positioned 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 women regained freedom on the twenty first of March, 2018.

Studies had it that 5 of the women 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 stated the Kankara abduction, clearly the most important single abduction to this point within the nation, greater than something, uncovered the precarious safety scenario in Nigeria.

Katsina State, similar to just a few others within the North-West geopolitical zone of the nation, has been the hotbed of bandits’ felony actions together with huge kidnappings, killings and destruction of property.

Just a few days later, 344 college students of the college have 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 faculty and taking away college students and employees at will.

This time, the Authorities Science School, 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 obligation.

Although there is no such thing as a actual variety of these kidnapped, official stories 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 stated 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 employees 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 stated: “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’d like as lawmakers that we aren’t doing?

“Can we rightly say that the federal government is incompetent? As a result of this concern has been mentioned right here again and again and there’s no enchancment. It’s getting worse.

“I’m certain everyone right here has tales to inform in regards to the safety challenges. What else are we supposed to try this we aren’t doing?

“Are we presupposed to amend the legal guidelines on this nation to offer each citizen freedom to hold arms?

“Are we going to amend the Structure to offer extra powers to the governors who’re the safety heads of their numerous states as a result of our authorities on the centre is exhibiting incompetence in dealing with insecurity – as a result of it’s not his son or his daughter that has been kidnapped. I anticipate everyone in authorities to suppose like that.

“As a substitute of making financial alternatives that may have interaction the unemployed and generate employment, the federal government is giving palliatives.”

Additionally talking on the seeming ‘warfare on schooling’, a safety advisor, Tunde Sosina believes that the federal government received it improper proper from the start. Based on him, you can not negotiate your self out of an issue with a felony and anticipate him to not come calling once more when he’s broke or wants one thing.

“Criminals are like pests, they preserve exhibiting their faces once they know you might be working from a place of weak point. The Nigerian authorities has been working from the place of weak point 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 solution to maintain the federal government by the balls and get no matter they wished. Additionally they see the difficulty as a possible political drawback 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 probably the most potent weapon of their arsenal”, Mr. Sosina stated.

Efforts made to achieve 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.

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