The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concerns over the rising spate of schoolchildren’s kidnapping by terrorists in Nigeria.
“UNICEF is deeply concerned about these reported acts of violence,” the global body said in a statement it issued in Abuja, Wednesday, condemning the recent abduction of schoolboys from the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, Northcentral Nigeria.
“Attacks on schools are a violation of children’s rights,” UNICEF maintained in the statement signed by Sam Kaalu, its Communications Specialist.
“Children should feel safe at home and at school at all times – and parents should not need to worry for the safety of their children when they send them off to school in the morning,” it observed in the statement.
“UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms any attack on a school and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of any children who may be missing, and their safe return to their families,” said the statement.
It acknowledged the efforts being taken by the Government of Nigeria for the safe return of any missing children.
Terrorists had Tuesday morning abducted some staff and schoolboys from the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State sparking condemnation and calls for an immediate release of all those abducted.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the country’s military and other security forces to ensure the students and their teachers’ rescue.
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