Kagara: UNICEF Applauds Release of Abducted Boys
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has applauded the release of 27 students of the Government Science College in Kagara who were abducted from their school over a week ago.
A statement by UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins, said they have been waiting for the release of the school boys for the past days now and it has come to pass.
While welcoming the freed students as they return to their families, UNICEF commiserated with the family of their fallen school mate, Benjamin Habila, who was shot dead during the overnight attack on the school.
The statement reads, “My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Benjamin, who have suffered a huge loss”
Hawkins expressed that attacks on educational facilities are a grave violation on children’s rights, adding that children shouldn’t be the target of attack in Nigeria.
“The Kagara school attack like that of Government Girls’ Secondary School Jangebe in Zamfara State Friday, and others before it shouldn’t have happened in the first place because children shouldn’t be the target of attacks, least of all in a place they ought to feel safe at school”.
“Such attacks not only negate the right of children to an education, they also make children fearful of going to school, and parents afraid to send their children to school. Schools must be safe places to study and develop, and learning should not become a perilous endeavour”, UNICEF said.
They further urged Nigerian government to expedite action on the release and safe return of the kidnapped students of Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe, and all abducted school children yet to be released accross the country.