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Ambassador: Nigeria’s 5.2 million students at risk of being kidnapped

Ibironke Adeagbo has expressed fears over the safety of 5,2 million Nigerian students, as schools in the country resumed for a new academic year, in 13,029 national institutions, in the Nigerian Health and Safety Ambassador.

Records show that 1,4 million students are located in the northwest of Nigeria, where many people, including the students, have been kidnapped and have been killed.

In the country, over 3,000 people have been kidnapped since January this year, according to Statisense, a Nigerian data company, with 1 344 of the kidnaps taking place only on June.

Ms Adeagbo reacted to the scattering of students in a community in Imo in the heart of Igbo who were present for the ongoing Western African School Certificate examinations.

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The former director of the British Safety Council described the security crisis in Abuja as disturbing in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday. The crisis continuously forced more children out.

She said, “Government needs to declare a state of emergency in the education sector in the face of the crisis arising from abductions of helpless citizens, especially women and children and the time to act is now.”

Ms Adeagbo, who is also the chief executive officer of UK charity, IA-Foundation, asked Nigeria’s government to seek external assistance, especially from Europe and the U.S. to tackle the issue of banditry.

“My submission is that the government should use technology to tackle the prevailing problem and ensure that children in schools are no longer kidnapped because the mental torture will linger in the life of any child who falls victim.

“It is unimaginable that a child in this day and age will go to school to seek knowledge and end up in kidnappers’ den and suffer life-changing experiences that can destroy the future of any child forever,” the envoy said.


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