Insecurity: FG reveals the reason why kidnappers are now targeting school children

Insecurity: FG reveals the reason why kidnappers are now targeting school children

- The Nigerian government is displeased about the trend of school abductions in the country

- The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, has spoken about measures to secure Nigerians, especially school children

- Bandits have been blamed for the spike in criminality particularly in northern Nigeria

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The federal government has said kidnappers targeting schoolchildren for abductions are likely doing it to embarrass the government.

The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the statement on Monday, March 1, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, to brief him on his visit to Zamfara, The Nation reported.

Insecurity: FG reveals why bandits are abducting school children
President Buhari has condemned the kidnapping of students in northern Nigeria. Photo: Femi Adesina
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He said the president is determined to ensure that schools across the country are safe.

Sirika said:

"Those who do not mean well for the country can try to do it (abduction) to embarrass the government. It’s a possibility, but President Muhammadu Buhari has done everything possible to ensure safe schools.”

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The minister had led a delegation to the state on Sunday, February 28, in the wake of the abduction of more than 300 girls from Government Girls’ Science Secondary School (GGSSS), Jangebe.

Meanwhile, the Zamfara government has announced the release of over 300 schoolgirls kidnapped from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talatu-Mafara local government area of the state.

Bello Matawalle, the state governor, gave the good news in the early morning of Tuesday, March 2.

In another report, the Zamfara state governor said Nigerians will be surprised if they were told about those responsible for the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls from the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Jangebe.

The Punch reported that Matawalle made the statement on Sunday, February 28, when 17 Emirs in the state paid him a sympathy visit over the abduction of the students.

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Matawalle alleged that the sponsors of the recent school abduction in the state were trying to sabotage the progress he has recorded from peace initiatives in the state.

Meanwhile, an emerging news report has linked former members of the Boko Haram insurgent group to banditry in Nigeria.

Dennis Amachree, a former assistant director in the Department of State Services (DSS), said bandits had confessed that some of them were Boko Haram fighters.

According to The Cable, he made the disclosure when he featured on an Arise TV programme on Saturday, February 27.

Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.


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