Nigeria Braces for Possible Surge in Kidnappings, State Body Mobilizes

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Nigeria Braces for Possible Surge in Kidnappings, State Body Mobilizes

The federal government of Nigeria has identified schools in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as being at risk of attacks by bandits and insurgents. The national coordinator of the state-run Financing Safe Schools, Hajia Halima Iliya, shared this information, although specific states were not mentioned in her statement on Sunday. However, reports from The Punch suggest that most of the 14 states are located in Nigeria’s North and East regions.

The Financing Safe Schools national coordinator also mentioned that the agency has gathered data to guide intervention measures. Recent incidents have underscored the urgency of addressing the security concerns in schools. On March 7, 287 students were kidnapped in the Kaduna State town of Kuriga in north-central Nigeria. Subsequently, on March 9, armed men raided a boarding school in Gidan Bakuso village in Sokoto State, northwest Nigeria, and abducted 15 children.

In response to these incidents, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced on March 8 that he had directed security and intelligence agencies to rescue the victims and ensure justice is served against the perpetrators. The increasing number of such attacks is alarming, with over 1,400 students reportedly abducted since the infamous kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram fighters in 2014.

The government’s acknowledgment of at-risk schools and its efforts to address the security challenges through intervention measures demonstrate a recognition of the pressing need to protect educational institutions. The situation emphasizes the importance of implementing effective security strategies to safeguard students and educational facilities across the identified states and the Federal Capital Territory. The ongoing coordination and intervention efforts are crucial steps toward ensuring the safety and well-being of students in the face of persistent threats from bandits and insurgents.

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