4 March 2021 By Julian Osamoto
A Civil Society Organization, Connected Development CODE, has expressed worry over the spate of abduction of school children in the Country and calls on the Federal Government to urgently deploy measures that would protect children and ensure a safe learning environment.
A statement from the Chief Executive Officer of CODE, Mallam Hamzat Lawal says;
“kidnappings of school children in the NorthEast and NorthWest Nigeria have become a frequent phenomenon in the past 3 months, carried out by acclaimed bandits who have turned these menace into a money-making venture.”
“This form of brazen terrorism has unfortunately not been met with the level of aggression that is needed to address the severity of a recurring crime of this kind”.
“The government should re-strategise its security infrastructure to tackle this notorious attack before it escalates, more so the psychological and social consequences on parents and guidance are too grievous to describe”.
According to him,
“It is unacceptable that security authorities at State and Federal level have not deployed tactical means to combat abductions of school children and even civilians across the country”.
“Citizens continue to lament increasing insecurity on travel highways and the unethical practice of some security agents who aid kidnappers, State Governments must set up punitive measures and bring perpetrators to book.”
CODE called on Nigerians to continue to speak against these nefarious activities in the country, until government becomes responsive.