Timeline: The Release of Abducted School Children

 Timeline: The Release of Abducted School Children

Nigerian might be strengthening efforts to quickly release kidnapped victims while it battles challenges of insecurities in the country, a careful analysis has shown.

The country in the last three months reported several cases of kidnapping in the northern region especially the abductions of children from schools.

Twentyten daily had reported that from 2014 till date, Nigeria recorded five high-profile school abduction amongst many others.

In the last three month, a total of 623 children were abducted from three different schools in three states– Katsina, Niger and Zamfara.

The return of abductees

On December 11, 2020, over 344 secondary school boys were kidnapped in Kankara, Katsina State, northern Nigeria.

This abduction generated several criticism highlighting challenges of insecurities as well as plans to rescue the children from the bandits.

However,  6 days after their abduction, December 17, the boys were released and reunited with their families.

On February 17, 2021, 27 students at the Government Science College, Kagara in Niger State were abducted

The kidnappers disguised in a military regalia with arms shooting those who tried to escape.

After much effort and denials for random, the  boys were released on Saturday,February 27, 10 days after their abduction.

The release of these boys was coming after the country had on February 26, announced the abduction of 279 girls from the Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe.

The release of the school girl came 4 days, March 2nd, after their abduction, the earliest timeline for releasing abductees.

While experts have called for the punishment of kidnappers, the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said last week the government would not “succumb to blackmail by bandits and criminals who target innocent school students in expectation of huge ransom payments.”

Kehinde Ogunyale

Freelance Investigative and Data Journalist

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