Nigeria does not end with the kidnapping of schoolchildren. On Wednesday, 1 September 2021, armed men broke into a high school in the vicinity of Maradun, Zamfara State. These assailants abducted exactly 73 students, according to information provided by the local police. This is now common in Nigeria because almost every week students are targeted by armed robbers.
More high school abduction victims in Nigeria.A group of armed men abducted 73 students in northwestern Nigeria on Wednesday, 1 September 2021. These mass kidnappings, motivated solely by demand for ransom, have become common in the most populous country in Africa. According to police spokesman Mohammed Shehu, “the kidnapping took place after the invasion of the school by a large number of armed bandits.” He also announced that the Police has the support of the army in order to quickly arrive at the release of these innocent learners. “All I know is that the police, together with the army, are stepping up their rigorous efforts to ensure not only the release of the students, but also the total protection of the lives and property of all the inhabitants of Zamfara state,’ he added.
Zamfara state authorities have taken steps to prevent a possible attack. They imposed restrictions on road travel at night when primary and secondary schools were temporarily closed. In recent months, the northern and central states of the country have been the target of armed groups that use the lack of security in remote areas to dictate their laws. Attacks, looting and mass abductions are recurrent in these localities.
In 2021, nearly 1,000 children were abducted from schools and other schools. The perpetrators of these crimes are demanding money from the families of the victims, to the great displeasure of the defence and security forces.