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950 pupils abducted in Nigeria since December 2020-says United Nations.

Armed men have abduct,at least 950 Nigerian pupils from their schools since December 2020,the united nations (UN) has said.It is estimated that nearly 500 children were abducted in four seperate incidents across the North Central and North West part of the country over the past six weeks alone,as attacks against children deepen in parts of West and Central Africa.Executive Director of United Nations of Children Fund(UNICEF) Henrietta fore,who disclosed this in a statement yesterday,regretted that many of the children had not returned, adding that it was had to fathom the pain and fear their families and loved ones are suffering in their absence.

Also people whose children and wards were kidnapped from Bethel Baptist High school in kaduna on Monday,have accused the school authorities of negligence,for not taking action to beef up security around the premises,after receiving a threat letter from bandits planning to kidnap the pupils.

Fore added that such incidents appeared to be increasing in frequency, raising fears for the safety and well-being of the region's children.

UNICEF said on July 5,2020,150 students in kaduna state, marking the West incident in an alarming spate of attacks against children and abductions, including of students in parts of West and Central Africa

In a separate statement, Marie-pierre piorier, UNICEF Regional Director for west a d central Africa,said the violence"is a grim reminder" that abduction of children and widespread grave violation of children's rights continue to take place in northern Nigeria.

"Children should fee safe of home,in schools and in their playground at all times"

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