Professor Dickson Akoh, the National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria has revealed that the education sector has suffered a total of 1,179 kidnap cases of students in the seven years.
He added that unfortunately many have also lost their lives to activities of bandits against the education sector and called for collaborations with all stakeholders in the sector.
Akoh emphasised the need for collaborative efforts for both state and non state actors to protect and secure institutions of learning from further attack.
Speaking in Abuja during a walk against incessant invasion and kidnapping of students in educational institutions, Prof Akoh
warned that the nation risks a disconnect capable of instilling psychological fear on the students if urgent action are not taken.
Besides, he assured that the organisation would continue to deploy personnel to protect schools against bandits.
He said, “The sustained and repressive attacks by way of invasion, killings, pillaging, kidnapping for ransom and rape by bandits on educational institutions, especially secondary schools in parts of the country, which is getting to its peak, deserves the immediate attention and action by all relevant institutions of government, social organisations and people of goodwill to address headlong.
“It is through our collective commitments on how all and sundry can come together and form a strong bond against banditry under any guise in our institutions of learning that we can win the war against further invasion of our schools and kidnapping of our students.
“Historically, the kidnappers vis-à-vis the bandits focused their attack on the elites, captains of industry, and political office holders in the name of ventilating their anger and frustrations.
“But now, redirecting their attention on innocent youths and students, being soft targets, is to say the least an act taken too far and this calls for drastic measures to be emplaced if the war against banditry is to be won.
“At this juncture, permit me to restate that, statistically, from Chibok to Jangede and lately Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Mando, Kaduna, 1,179 students have been abducted in seven years with some of them either killed, forcefully married away, maimed or remained traumatised even after regaining freedom,” he added .