Following the attack on Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State, North-central Nigeria, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for the immediate release of all abducted students by bandits.
In a statement made available to journalists, UNICEF Nigeria Country representative, Peter Hawkins, demands for the immediate and unconditional release of the victims, noting that children have right to safety anywhere they are.
According to him, “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.”
On the the reported acts of violence, Hawkins said UNICEF is deeply concerned adding that attacks on schools are a violation of children’s rights. 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.
According to the release, UNICEF is aware of reports that yesterday evening, the 16th February 2021, armed men attacked the Government Science College in Kagara in Nigeria state in which unconfirmed reports stated that many students are unaccounted for, though it is not yet clear how many of them.
He however acknowledge the efforts being taken by the Government of Nigeria for the safe return of any missing children, stressing that, though it is not yet clear how many students were abducted.