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Zamfara abduction: UN Security Council told to visit Nigeria, help end kidnapping

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the UN Security Council to urgently visit Nigeria to press the authorities to end the continuing abductions of students and the country’s increasing level of insecurity.

SERAP made the request in a statement issued on Friday following the abduction of over 300 female Government Secondary School students in Jangebe, Talata Mafara Local Government Area on Friday morning by bandits.

It believes that a UN Security Council resolution would help put pressure on Nigerian authorities to take urgent and concrete measures to end students’ abductions in the country.

Recall that the Zamfara State Police Command has disclosed that about three-hundred and seventeen (317 students were abducted from the Government Girls Science Secondary School Jangebe, Zamfara.

The Zamfara Police Commissioner, CP Abutu Yaro, speaking to newsmen, said a joint search and rescue operation had been dispatched to rescue the 317 students kidnapped

SERAP’s statement read in part: “Zamfara abduction: We’ve urged the UN Security Council and its members to urgently hold a special session on Nigeria and to visit the country to press the authorities to end continuing abductions of students and the increasing level of insecurity across the country.

“Attacks on schools and abductions of students are a violation of children’s rights. Nigeria has legal obligations to ensure the immediate release of the abducted students and bring the perpetrators to justice.

“These abductions and attacks also undermine the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. If not urgently prevented and combatted, such attacks may rise to the level of threat to international peace and security.

“Ensuring the release of the students and holding perpetrators accountable will contribute to ending impunity. The Security Council must act now to protect Nigerian students and other citizens if the Council is not to be accused of failing the people of Nigeria.”

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