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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar has taken to his Twitter handle to expressed worries over the abduction of females students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Mando in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Atiku, who is also the former Vice President commiserated with the families of the abducted female students.
AllNews had earlier reported that some unknown bandits stormed the school and abducted an unspecified number of girls and left the male students unhurt on early Friday morning.
The abduction comes barely two weeks after nearly 300 female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Niger State regain their freedom from bandits who had abducted them from their school.
According to the report, the incidents which occurred in the early hours of Friday, March 12, affected only the female students of the school as the male students were not taken.
Confirming the incident, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said an investigation is ongoing.
Also, the Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, ASP, confirmed the attack, noting that it took place last night.
Reacting to the trend in a series of tweet, Atiku, on his verified Twitter handle, expressed worries about the effect it will have on the education of the girl child in the North.
He wrote, “A situation where only girl students an already vulnerable group that is playing catch-up in the North, is specifically targeted for abduction raises serious concerns.”
“My thoughts and prayers are with the affected students’ families, even as I urge that no resources should be spared to secure their release. The question is: how long shall we continue with this situation?”
Recall that in 2014, Nigeria witnessed the abduction of over 200 girls from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists.
In 2018, 110 girls from Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State were also abducted by Boko Haram.
A situation where only girl students—an already vulnerable group that is playing catch-up in the North, is specifically targeted for abduction raises serious concerns.https://t.co/WFJpEgmkwK— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 12, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the affected students' families, even as I urge that no resources should be spared to secure their release. The question is: how long shall we continue with this situation?— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 12, 2021