The series of abductions of students in some states in Northern Nigeria is threatening the future of millions of children in the region, stakeholders reveals.
Boko Haram fighters, bandits and other miscreants have found schools in some states in the region as soft targets and have abducted hundreds of students in recent times.
States that recently witnessed the abduction of students and in some instances teachers include Katsina, Niger, Kano, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kaduna. All the incidents were attributed to bandits.
While some of those abducted have been released, many others are still in captivity.
The most recent abduction was at the UBE Primary School in Rama, a village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
It happened 24 hours after security agents thwarted an attempted abduction of 307 students of Government Science Secondary School in Ikara Local Government Area of the state and another attack at the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) quarters in Igabi LGA of the state.
On Thursday night, bandits had invaded the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, in Igabi LGA and abducted 39 students comprising 23 females and 16 males.
Security agents had earlier rescued 180 of the students but the gunmen who made away with 39 students and are now demanding N500 million as ransom.
The abduction of over 300 boys from the Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State, on December 11, 2020; the February 17 abduction of 42 people including students, teachers and their families from Government Science Technical School Kagara, Niger State, and that of Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe, Zamfara State, on February 26, 2021, where 279 female students aged between 10 and 17 were taken away by bandits, are still fresh in the memories of many.
But some analysts expressed fears yesterday that some miscreants have found a potent means of getting money and at the same time crippling education in the North which is already seriously trailing behind.
Their observation came at a time some parents, especially those whose children had been abducted, are threatening to withdraw their wards from schools.
The National President of the Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (PTA), Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, yesterday, expressed worry over the rising cases of banditry attacks on schools in Northern Nigeria.
He described recent abductions of students as an attack on the country’s education and the future of Nigerian students. He said the government needed to find a lasting solution immediately to end such unnecessary attacks and abductions.
“Failure to do so will jeopardize the future of Northern Nigerian children,” he said.