The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has issued a statement in condemnation of the recent attack on Government Science College, Kagara in Niger State.
The abduction of students and teachers of the school in the early hours of Wednesday has been roundly greeted with criticisms.
The serial attacks on soft targets like students and other vulnerable groups have necessitated calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security.
Though no group has yet claimed responsibility for the abduction, President Buhari has ordered a security team to ensure the safe return of the abductees.
UNICEF is calling for the immediate release of the abductees whose rights the international Organization says have been violated.
The Statement reads: “UNICEF is aware of reports that overnight, armed men attacked the Government Science College in Kagara, in Niger State, Nigeria. According to unconfirmed reports, many students are unaccounted for, though it is not yet clear how many.
“UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms any attack on a school and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of any children who may be missing, and their safe return to their families.
“UNICEF is deeply concerned about these reported acts of violence. Attacks on schools are a violation of children’s rights. Children should feel safe at home and at school at all times – and parents should not need to worry for the safety of their children when they send them off to school in the morning.
“We acknowledge the efforts being taken by the Government of Nigeria for the safe return of any missing children.”