Amnesty International, Nigeria has condemned the strings of attack on schools and abductions of students in the northern part of Nigeria, especially the most recent one in Zamfara State, stating that education is under attack.
The rights group said this in a series of tweets, in reaction to the news of the abduction of over 300 students of Government Girls Junior Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State in the early hours of today, Friday. The gunmen were said to have stormed the school in Hilux vehicles and motorcycles and carted away with their victims.
This attack is coming 9 days after about 42 persons were kidnapped at a Secondary school in Kagara, Niger State. Lamenting the attacks on schools and abductions of girls, Amnesty International said they are war crimes and undermine the right to education. “The abduction of girls at Government Secondary School, Jangebe is a serious violation of international humanitarian law, and it undermines the right to education for thousands of children in northern Nigeria. The girls abducted are in serious risk of being harmed”, the group began.
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“Nigerian authorities must take all measures to return them to safety, along with all children currently under the custody of armed groups. Education is under attack in northern Nigeria. Schools should be places of safety, and no child should have to choose between their education and their life. Other children have had to abandon their education after being displaced by frequent violent attacks on their communities”, Amnesty International added.
— Amnesty International Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) February 26, 2021