75 abducted students in Zamfara GD secondary school regain their freedomThe 75 students from Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, in Zamfara State’s Maradun Local Government Area, who were kidnapped on September 1, 2021, have been released.
This was announced by the Nigerian Television Authority on it’s verified Facebook page on Sunday
Gunmen abducted more than 70 students in Nigeria’s northwest state of Zamfara, according to Nigerian police.
A huge group of attackers invaded the Government Day Secondary School in the rural village of Kaya on Wednesday morning, capturing the children, according to Zamfara State Police spokesman Mohammed Shehu. He stated that 73 youngsters had been apprehended.
The abduction followed the invasion of the school by large numbers of armed bandits,” he had stated.
Police rescue services were working with the military to ensure the pupils’ release, according to Shehu.
Within 24 hours, the bandits returned five of the students.
Yahaya Kaya, a former councilor in Kaya ward, stated his niece was among those released by the bandits, and that the five freed students had been returned to Kaya.
Accord ing to a press release issued by the APO Group on behalf of the UN agency,following the kidnapping activities, the Zamfara State Government ordered that boarding facilities in 30 schools be deboarded immediately.
UNICEF expressed its shock at yet another attack on a Nigerian educational institution on September 3 in response to the kidnapping.
He stated “Of the abducted students, 23 students escaped and returned home – two of them with bullet wounds. The abducted students are aged between 14 and 19.”
“We strongly condemn this attack, which has happened just a few days after kidnapped students of a school in Niger State, north-central Nigeria, were freed,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria. “We call on the authorities to take expedited action to rescue these students and reunite them with their families.”
“We reiterate that attacks on schools and abduction of learners are a gross violation of children’s rights, and a horrific experience for children to go through – one which could have long-lasting effects on their mental health and overall well-being,” said Peter Hawkins.
“Schools must be safe; no child should experience any harm because they went to school, and no parent should come to grief for sending their children to learn,” said Hawkins.