United Nations Condemns Attack, Abduction In Kagara

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Mr. Antonio Guterres, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, has condemned Wednesday’s invasion and attack by gunmen on the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State.

Gutierrez, in a statement signed by his spokesman, described attacks on schools and other educational facilities as “abhorrent and unacceptable”.

He urged the Federal Government to “spare no efforts in rescuing those abducted and holding to account those responsible for this act”.

The UN chief expressed his “deepest condolences” to the bereaved and his sympathies to affected families.

Similarly, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) also reacted in a statement in which it condemned the attack “in the strongest possible terms”.

It called for the “immediate and unconditional release” of any children who might be missing and their safe return to their families.

UNICEF quoted Mr. Peter Hawkins, its Nigeria representative as saying that attacks on schools were a violation of children’s rights.

“Children should feel safe at home and at school at all times.

“Parents should not need to worry for the safety of their children when they send them off to school in the morning,” Hawkins said, according to the statement.

UNICEF acknowledged efforts being taken by security agencies to rescue the missing children and safely return them to their families.

Recall that about 27 were kidnapped in the night raid on the boarding school.

According to reports staff and 12 members of their families were also abducted by the assailants.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr. Frank Mba, on Thursday, said a joint search and rescue mission was underway to free the abducted children.


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