- A human rights activist, Shehu Sani, has raised concerns over the security challenges in the country
- Bandits and kidnappers have been targetting students for abduction
- Some Nigerians have called for the bandits to be given amnesty
A human rights activist, Shehu Sani, has reacted to the recent kidnap of some pupils and teachers from a UBE primary school at Rama in Birnin-Gwari local government area (LGA) of Kaduna state.
Sani in a tweet on Monday, March 15, called for God's help following the latest kidnap incident in Kaduna.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government has confirmed the abduction of pupils and teachers in Birnin Gwari local government area of the state on Monday, March 15.
This is contained in a statement released by the state's commissioner of internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan
The statement cites preliminary reports as indicating that the incident occurred at an LEA Primary School in the local government area.
In another report, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, a former media aide to Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has again criticised the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration's handling of the nation's security challenges, especially the rising cases of school abductions.
On Saturday, March 13, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu issued a statement indicating that President Buhari has issued "a stern warning" to bandits behind school abductions, saying the country will not allow the destruction of the school system.
However, reacting to the statement on Twitter, Yakasai who was recently sacked for making a statement termed critical to the Buhari administration said the presidency is confusing bandits with conflicting ultimatums.
Still on security, unknown gunmen on Sunday night, March 14, kidnapped two female students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ogun state, The Nation reported.
The students are identified as Adeyemo Precious and Oyefule Abiola; one is said to be studying Forestry and Wildlife Management while the other is studying Agricultural Economics.
The victims were said to be 300 level students at the Ayetoro campus of the university.
Meanwhile, an attempt to abduct students of Turkish International Secondary School, Rigachikun, Kaduna, has been foiled by troops of 1 Division in the state, the Nigerian army has confirmed.
Daily Trust reported that Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, director army public relations made the disclosure in a statement on Friday, March 12.
According to Yerima, the school was protected by troops when bandits headed to the Federal School of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Igabi LGA of the state.