The United Nations (UN), on Tuesday, decried the abduction of some students of Bethel Baptist High School in Damishi, Chikun local government area of Kaduna in Northern Nigeria.
The condemnation came from the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.
Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said this while briefing correspondents at the UN headquarters in New York. Dujarric was quoted as saying that Guterres lamented the abduction of the students.
1st News reports that gunmen, suspected to be bandits currently perpetrating a reign of terror in Nigeria, abducted no fewer than 140 students from the boarding school on Monday.
“I can tell you that the Secretary-General strongly condemns the abduction of students from the Bethel Baptist School; as well as hospital employees in two separate incidents in Kaduna State on July 5.
“The secretary-general is disturbed by the frequency of “kidnapping for ransom” of predominantly children from schools by extremist groups and criminal networks,” Dujarric said.
Equally important, the UN Secretary-General underscored the need to bring perpetrators of the grave human rights violations to account; while also enhancing the safety and security of schools and educational facilities.
1st News reports that kidnapping for ransom has become a major security threat in Nigeria. Bandits operating in parts of Northern Nigeria have recently made this a favourite pastime; targeting students and children in that part of the country. Also, the development has equally taken on a worrisome dimension in other parts of the country where residents and travelling passengers have become notable victims.
Meanwhile, the UN has expressed concerns over the humanitarian crisis in Mozambique.
Dujarric said the World Food Programme (WFP) had warned that, without urgent funding; the displacement crisis in the north of Mozambique could become a hunger emergency. He said displacement had left at least 730,000 people in Cabo Delgado with no access to their land and no means of earning a living.
“Close to 230,000 people are highly food insecure; according to the latest food security data, which was collected before the attacks in Palma. This number is projected to increase during the lean season, which begins in October; many of those who fled the violence in Palma are being hosted by locals.”