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UNICEF expresses anger over abduction of school girls in Zamfara


United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday says that it is incensed by reports of an overnight attack on Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Talata Mafara in Local Government Area of Zamfara State with the attendant abduction of students by men believed to be bandits.

“We are angered and saddened by yet another brutal attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria,” UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins said.

This was contained in a statement signed by UNICEF Communication Officer, Blessing Ejiofor and made available to newsmen in Abuja.

The statement read in bits, “This is 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 well-being.

“We utterly condemn the attack and call on those responsible to release the girls immediately and for the government to take steps to ensure their safe release and the safety of all other schoolchildren in Nigeria.

“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.

“UNICEF acknowledges efforts being made by the Government of Nigeria to secure the release of kidnapped schoolchildren in Nigeria and calls on the government and all concerned to make schools safe in Nigeria” he stressed.

The school attack comes just over a week after some school boys were abducted in Niger State

UNICEF is working with partners to confirm the exact number of kidnapped students, currently estimated to be more than 300.

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