- The news of the kidnap of over 300 schoolgirls in Zamfara state has gotten the attention of international organisations
- Both UNICEF and Amnesty International on Friday, February 26, expressed concern and anger over the abduction
- The agency described the development as a gross violation of children’s rights
Legit.ng recalls that some bandits had in the early hours of Friday, February 26, stormed the girls-only school and abducted many students.
Speaking on the disturbing development via its Twitter page on Friday, February 26, the global rights group condemned the strings of abductions of students in the northern part of the country.
While describing the incident as a serious violation of international humanitarian law, Amnesty International added that education in the region is under attack.
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) on its part also described the abduction as a gross violation of children’s rights, saying it is angered and saddened by yet another brutal attack, The Punch reports.
This was made known in a statement by Peter Hawkins, UNICEF country representative in Nigeria, on Friday, February 26.
According to him, the agency is working to confirm the exact number of kidnapped students, currently estimated to be more than 300.
Hawkins who expressed concern over the abduction explained that it is a horrific experience for children to go through.
UNICEF urged the Nigerian government to secure the release of kidnapped school children and make all schools safe in the country.
Sheikh Gumi reacts to Zamfara schoolgirls abduction
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Sheikh Ahmad Gumi said the bandits he met with recently in Zamfara state are not the abductors of the schoolgirls in Jangebe.
However, reacting to the development, Sheikh Gumi said the abduction was carried out by a splinter group of the Zamfara bandits.
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