In accordance with reviews, gunmen stormed the Authorities Science Faculty Kagara, within the Niger state of Nigeria, at round 2 am native time. Many college students are additionally mentioned to be unaccounted for, although the quantity is unclear and the data has but to be confirmed.
“UNICEF condemns within the strongest attainable phrases any assault on a faculty and requires the speedy and unconditional launch of any youngsters who could also be lacking.” – @PeterF_Hawkins on the assault on Authorities Science Faculty in Kagara, Niger Statehttps://t.co/Ii6BD7GFDu
— UNICEF Nigeria (@UNICEF_Nigeria) February 17, 2021
In a observe issued by his spokesperson on Wednesday, Secretary-Normal António Guterres reiterated that “assaults on faculties and different instructional amenities are abhorrent and unacceptable”.
The UN chief referred to as on Nigerian authorities to “spare no efforts in rescuing these kidnapped and holding to account these liable for this act”, the assertion added.
Assaults a violation of kids’s rights
The UN Kids’s Fund (UNICEF) additionally denounced the assault “within the strongest attainable phrases” and referred to as for the speedy and unconditional launch of any youngsters who could also be lacking, and their protected return to their households.
“Assaults on faculties are a violation of kids’s rights. Kids ought to really feel protected at house and at college always – and oldsters shouldn’t want to fret for the protection of their youngsters once they ship them off to high school within the morning”, Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Nigeria Consultant, mentioned in assertion.
“We acknowledge the efforts being taken by the Authorities of Nigeria for the protected return of any lacking youngsters”, Mr. Hawkins added.
The newest assault assault comes about two months after greater than 300 college students have been kidnapped in the same assault on a faculty in Kankara, Katsina state, about 280 kilometres (173 miles) north. The scholars kidnapped in that assault have since been launched.
The abductions are a grim reminder of the April 2014 kidnapping of 276 women from their college dormitory in Chibok by Boko Haram insurgents. Lots of them stay lacking.