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140 high school students were abducted by gunmen from their boarding school

One more attack In a long series It has been affecting the country for months. 165 high school students sleep peacefully in Begul High School boarding school in Chikungunya
Nigeria Armed men were awake at night from Sunday to Monday. The latter “climbed the fence to enter the school,” said teacher Emmanuel Paul.

While 25 students were able to escape, another 140 were abducted, which should only be exchanged for ransom money. According to the professor, “everything refers to the attackers getting on their feet.”

Angry parents

Parents, who had gathered near the school, were angry with the authorities and are now waiting for their children’s news. “This government has abandoned the people of Kaduna,” said Mustafa Kumbe, the father of one of the abducted youths. “We will continue to protest until our children return.”

This is the third major attack in Katuna in the last three days. Police said at least eight hospital staff in the state were abducted Sunday; Local sources claim that for their part 15 people were abducted, Including two nurses and their two children. Samuel Aruwan, a security official with the Kaduna government, said seven people had been killed in sporadic attacks in neighboring cities.

13 vulnerable schools have been closed

State Police spokesman Mohammed Jalike confirmed the attack on the school without providing further details, adding that “police tactical teams have chased away the kidnappers and the work is ongoing.” Nigerian President Mohammed Buhari on Monday ordered the army, police and intelligence services to release all abductees, his services said in a statement. The state government on Monday ordered the immediate closure of 13 schools considered vulnerable, education officials said in a letter.

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Criminal groups, commonly referred to by authorities as “bandits”, threaten the people of northwestern and central Nigeria. They attack villages, steal livestock and smuggle locals or travelers off the roads. Recently, these criminal groups have carried out attacks on schools and universities, mass abducting students in an attempt to rescue them.

In Katuna, we did not pay the ransom

Katuna Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rubai, unlike some colleagues in neighboring states, has categorically refused to negotiate with these armed groups and pay the ransom. He also threatened to fine the rescuers for not encouraging the abductions and for locating relatives.

Unable to ensure safety in schools and high schools, many states in northwestern Nigeria, an area considered one of the poorest in the world, have already closed most public school boarding schools and expelled thousands of people. ‘Children at home.

Financial motivations only

Many experts are concerned about jihadi groups such as Boko Haram and good relations daesh In West Africa (ISWAF), more than 12 years of conflict with the Nigerian military in northeastern Nigeria, with criminal groups in the northwest. However, the International Crisis Group (ICG) analyst and expert on the matter, Nammadi Obasi, noted that “there is no evidence so far that these attacks on schools are motivated by political or ideological support.” “The motives seem to be purely financial and criminal,” he assures us.

78-year-old President Mohammed Buhari has been particularly criticized for his economic and security administration, and has been accused of drowning the most populous country in Africa, with 210 million people, in unprecedented insecurity. “Refusing a ransom is not the answer to ending abductions,” Obasi said. “We need a strategy to prevent these attacks, save the victims and bring those responsible to justice.”

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Since the beginning of December, more than 1,000 children, teenagers and students have been abducted in a dozen large-scale attacks, some of them still in the hands of captives. No one responsible for these acts has been arrested or questioned in court.