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Concern has gripped many Nigerians over the fixed assaults on faculties by terrorists, kidnappers, bandits and different suspected legal components. To many Nigerians, the varsity atmosphere has now turn into an abduction floor. Many dad and mom, particularly these whose youngsters are within the boarding faculties now dwell in worry over the security 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. Experiences additionally had it that the varsity was not simply attacked however college students and workers of the varsity had been kidnapped by the gunmen who got here wearing army uniform.

The assault on the varsity and abduction of the scholars in Niger State, which has been beneath immense assaults currently by gunmen believed to be bandits, didn’t come to many Nigerians as a shock, as a result of it has turn into 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 into a ‘warfare of schooling’, a core goal of the Boko Haram insurgency, whose alias translate to ‘Ebook 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 mentioned on Tuesday that folks, who needed to be cajoled and inspired to ship their youngsters to high school within the North may have discovered a real motive not to take action any longer.

Lawan mentioned: “Let me be a bit clear concerning 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 laborious to make sure that youngsters go to high school in Northern a part of Nigeria.

“With incidents like these, we will probably be reversing all of the beneficial properties that had been made in convincing dad and mom to take their youngsters to high school.

“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, undoubtedly there will probably be that damaging hostile impact on the need and willingness of oldsters to permit their youngsters to go to high school.

“And the implications of not going to high school 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 device, not simply to additional their agenda, however a technique to appeal to 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 Faculty assault

The Boko Haram insurgents attacked Authorities Secondary Faculty, Damaturu, the Yobe State capital in June 2013. Through the assault, eight college students and a instructor had been killed whereas they had been taking dinner.

2013 Mamudo, Yobe State Faculty Bloodbath

What could go as essentially 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 college in Mamudo housing about 1,200 college students, killing 42 individuals together with lecturers and college students within the course of. In response to stories, the victims had been gathered collectively whereas their attackers shot at them and threw explosives. In addition they poured petrol on the varsity 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 varsity on the twenty ninth of September, 2013, killing 50 college students who had 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 had been sleeping, they opened hearth 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 Faculty, Chibok on the 14th of April, 2014, because it attracted world consideration, resulting in the well-known Convey Again Our Ladies Motion (BBOG).

Within the assault on the varsity, 276 women had been whisked away by the insurgents resulting in nationwide and world outrage as stories claimed they had been compelled from their dormitories and pushed in vans 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 School (GGSTC), abducting 110 women 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 women who stayed in captivity for years, 104 of the women regained freedom on the twenty first of March, 2018.

Experiences 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 Faculty, Kankara, in Kankara Native Authorities Space of Katsina State, abducting greater than 300 college students without delay.

Specialists mentioned the Kankara abduction, clearly the most important single abduction to this point within the nation, greater than something, uncovered the precarious safety state of affairs 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’ legal actions together with large kidnappings, killings and destruction of property.

A number of days later, 344 college students of the varsity 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 School, Kagara, Niger State was the goal, because the gunmen, believed to be bandits, stormed the varsity in army uniform and overpowered the safety guards on responsibility.

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 into emboldened to maintain attacking faculties and abducting college students, the Niger State Authorities on Wednesday mentioned it might 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 varsity 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’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 positive all people right here has tales to inform concerning the safety challenges. What else are we supposed to try this we aren’t doing?

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

“Are we going to amend the Structure to provide 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 isn’t 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 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 bought it improper proper from the start. In response to him, you can not negotiate your self out of an issue with a legal and anticipate him to not come calling once more when he’s broke or wants one thing.

“Criminals are like pests, they hold 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 wished. In addition they see the difficulty as a possible political drawback authorities is not going to need 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 achieved, 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 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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