Aggrieved parents of abducted students of Bethel Baptist School located in Maraban Rido, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 chased away government officials who came to express sympathy over the abduction of their children.
HumAngle gathered from a video clip shared on Facebook that Samuel Aruwan, the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security, who had visited the parents, was forced back into his official car as the parents rained abuses and curses on him and the state government.
The angry parents whose children were abducted from their school early hours of Monday, July 5, 2021 could be heard shouting, “Go home! Go home! We don’t want you here, Go back, we don’t want to see here,” as they jeered at him.
Minutes later, after they had chased away the commissioner, the parents were seen in another video wailing, kneeling and praying for the rescue and safe return of their children.
On Monday, July 5, 2021, terrorists invaded the Bethel Baptist School at about 2 a.m. WAT shooting sporadically into the air before abducting the students.
Abduction of students by terrorists for ransom has become a regular occurrence in Kaduna State and other parts of the Northwest region.
While the state government has insisted on not bargaining with the terrorists to secure the release of abducted students, parents of the victims have often negotiated with the terrorists fearing their children could be executed if ransom was not paid.
In May, parents of the abducted Afaka College of Forestry and Mechanisation, Kaduna staged a protest at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja in Nigeria’s capital demanding government’s intervention for the release of their abducted children.
More than 1,000 students have been abducted in the country since Dec. 2020, according to HumAngle’s review of news reports.
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