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Zamfara schoolgirls: Pope Francis reacts to abduction of 317 female students by bandits

In lower than three months, Nigerians particularly these from the Northern a part of the nation had witnessed mass abduction of faculty youngsters by armed bandits terrorizing the area.
It’s not information that bandits have deviated from their regular actions of blocking roads, attacking worship centres and others however might have found a ‘profitable’ enterprise in abducting faculty youngsters who’re extremely weak and poorly secured.

DAILY POST can recall the incident that occurred in Katsina State on December 11 2020 when gunmen raided the Authorities Science Secondary Faculty, Kangara on motorbikes and marched over 600 boys into Rugu forest.

The abductees who had been subjected to inhuman remedy, spent a few week in captivity earlier than they had been launched.

In the meantime, some distinguished Nigerians together with Nnamdi Kanu, chief of the proscribed Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, IPOB, have accused the Federal and Katsina State Authorities of staging the kidnapping, stressing that it was orchestrated by the federal government.
Recall additionally that on February 16, 2021, armed bandits once more stormed Authorities Science Secondary Faculty, Kagara in Niger State and kidnapped over 41 individuals most of whom had been college students and workers of the varsity.

It was reported that the bandits who appeared in navy uniform, overpowered the safety guards on obligation, earlier than whisking away their victims.

After 9 days in captivity, the Kagara college students had been freed by their abductors on Saturday.

Reacting to their launch, President Muhammadu Buhari, in an announcement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, recommended the nation’s safety and intelligence companies and the federal government of Niger State for his or her responses in securing the discharge of the victims.

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“We’re pleased they’ve been launched,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, simply as Nigerians had been in jubilation over the discharge of the kidnapped Kagara College students, one other unhealthy information hit them as armed bandits invaded the Authorities Women Secondary Faculty, Jangebe in Talata Mafara Native Authorities Space of Zamfara State and whisked away over 300 schoolgirls.

DAILY POST experiences that regardless of efforts by the state authorities to rescue the scholars, the schoolgirls are nonetheless with their abductors as on the time of submitting this report.

A number of involved Nigerians who spoke with DAILY POST have expressed worries over the actions of bandits throughout the nation.

A dad or mum, Mr James Aondoka mentioned he has 4 youngsters in a boarding faculty however is fearful over their security as bandits now goal faculty youngsters.

He mentioned, “How do I sleep when the lives of my 4 youngsters are at stake? Who is aware of the place the bandits would assault subsequent?

“Even the safety males in these faculties should not secure, how way more our weak youngsters?

“The federal government must urgently do one thing to cease this ugly pattern earlier than it turns to one thing else”.

One other dad or mum, Tope Afolabi instructed DAILY POST in Abuja that the impact of the kidnapping on the varsity youngsters is overwhelming, at the same time as their studying means can be affected. He additionally claimed that many would develop psychological issues.

“Subjecting this little youngsters into such horrible expertise has the tendency of affecting their studying sooner or later”, he mentioned.

Equally, the Nationwide Council of Ladies Societies (NCWS) on Sunday, appealed to the Federal Authorities to sort out the menace of kidnapping in Nigerian faculties.

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Mrs Laraba Shoda, Nationwide President of NCWS, made the attraction in an announcement on Sunday in Abuja.

Shoda mentioned frequent circumstances of kidnapping “should not good for the schooling of our kids.

“The assault on faculty youngsters, notably on women, is focused at demoralising, not solely the girl-child but additionally others from accessing schooling.

“We, hereby, demand that simply as the federal government rescued the boys at Kankara in Katsina and the Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe, it ought to in the identical vein, rescue the Zamfara schoolgirls within the quickest time potential,’’ she mentioned.

All efforts to talk with the Police Spokesman, Frank Mba, proved abortive as he was unable to take calls and couldn’t additionally reply to textual content messages forwarded to him.

Nevertheless, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday assured Nigerians that the kidnapping of schoolgirls from the Authorities Women Science Secondary Faculty, Jangebe in Zamfara State can be the final to occur within the nation.

Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika whereas main a federal authorities delegation to sympathise with the folks and authorities of Zamfara, acknowledged this on Sunday.

In line with him, new measures had been developed by the Federal Authorities to make sure that such incident doesn’t occur in any a part of the nation once more.

“The President is saddened by the kidnapping of the scholars from Jangebe and reassures you that the federal government has all of the sources and wherewithal to comprise these criminals.“

The federal authorities will proceed its partnership with Zamfara State authorities and its residents in resolving the safety challenges dealing with the State,” Buhari mentioned.

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