In a quest to earn more ransom and expand their criminal enterprise, armed bandits have resorted to attacking schools and abducting vulnerable students. According to "Deutsche Welle" News, an estimated number of 800 Nigerian students have been kidnapped since December, 2020.
While expressing his delight on the release of kidnapped students of Bethel Baptist High School, the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, also lamented the increase in mass abduction of students in the Northern region of Nigeria.
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The Education Minister stated that insecurity its causing a major setback in education. Some parents have withdrawn their wards from schools out of fear of their children being kidnapped.
He disclosed that he visited the Nigerian Air Force personnel at Katsina and encouraged them to intensify their fight against bandits and ensure that the lives of school children is secured.
He also sent message to armed bandits, pleading with them to stop attacking schools and abducting students, Daily Post reported.
While 200 abducted Islamiyyah (Islamic school) students are still in the captivity of bandits, two months after their abduction. The school children were kindapped in Rafi Local Government Area, 106 km away from Minna, the Niger State capital.
The Federal Government assured citizens that it will do its outmost best to secure schools and bring an end to insecurity in the country.
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