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UN demands ‘immediate, unconditional’ release of abducted Katsina schoolboys

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The United Nations (UN) has called for the immdiate and unconditional release of the over 300 students abducted from the Government Science School at Kankara, Kastina State.

The boarding school with over 800 students came under attacks on Friday by yet to be identified gunmen and at the end no fewer than 333 students were yet to be accounted for.

KAtsina State Governor Aminu Masari who visited the school on Saturday said soldiers were working to locate and free the hostages. On Sunday, the governor noted that 333 students are still missing.

UN in its reaction to the incident on Monday expressed concern over the unfortunate incident in a statement by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric.

It read, “The Secretary-General strongly condemns the 11 December attack on a secondary school in Katsina State, Nigeria, and the reported abduction of hundreds of boys by suspected armed bandits.

The Secretary-General calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted children and for their safe return to their families. He reiterates that attacks on schools and other educational facilities constitute a grave violation of human rights. He urges the Nigerian authorities to bring those responsible for this act to justice.

“The Secretary-General reaffirms the solidarity and support of the United Nations to the Government and people of Nigeria in their fight against terrorism, violent extremism, and organized crime.”

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