United Nations condemns abduction of students in Kastina State

The United Nations (UN) has condemned the December 11 attack on Government School in Kankara of Kastina State where number of the students were abducted as well as many residents sustained injuries.

Penpushing reports that, the Secretary-General of United Nations (UN) in a statement by his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric called for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted students

‘The Secretary-General strongly condemns the 11 December attack on a secondary school in Katsina State, Nigeria, and the reported abduction of hundreds of boys by suspected armed bandits;, the statement emphasised.

‘The Secretary-General calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted children and for their safe return to their families. He reiterates that attacks on schools and other educational facilities constitute a grave violation of human rights;.

Penpushing further reports that the world body urged the Nigerian authorities to bring those responsible for this act to justice, and reaffirmed the solidarity and support of  to the Government and people of Nigeria in their fight against terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime.

The militants it is recalled  in large number operating on motorbikes had earlier attacked the town, injuring many residents but were later repelled by the security forces.

Penpushing reports that, the bandits invaded the school’s premises around 11: 00 p.m. Friday night, shooting to scare and kill, and thereafter went away with many students of the college, whose wherabout remains unknown as at the time of filling this report.

The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, has however, ordered the immediate closure of all boarding secondary schools in the state following the abduction of the students of the Government Science Secondary School on Friday.

Penpushing further reports that, Masari gave the directive when he visited Kankara local government area where the school is located; lamenting that the incident goes beyond one’s thinking and sad

“The situation goes beyond one’s thinking. It’s a sad moment for Katsina, I am assuring parents of the missing students we will do anything humanly possible to rescue the children, it’s our responsibility to protect lives and properties’, he said.

“As I am speaking to you now, the soldiers are in the bush engaging the militants in a fire fight, I plead with you to exercise patience, we will rescue the children and I also ordered for the closure of all schools to save the children,” the governor said.

Penpushing also reports that, the  Governor gave assurance that both governments at federal and state levels were doing their best to bring an end to banditry and other debilitating criminal activities in the state, stressing that the government is very firm in its resolve to be ruthless in any engagement with the militants

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