[:en]Nigerian households await information of 300 kidnapped schoolgirls[:]
“We aren’t in (a) good temper as a result of when you may have 5 youngsters and you’ll be able to safe (simply) one. We solely thank God … However we aren’t glad,” mentioned Jangebe.
“We can’t think about their state of affairs,” he mentioned of his lacking daughters. Residents of a close-by village mentioned the abductors had herded the women via the city like animals, he mentioned.
One resident mentioned the gunmen additionally attacked a close-by army camp and checkpoint, stopping troopers from responding to the mass abduction.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari mentioned the federal government’s precedence is to get all of the hostages returned protected and unhurt. Police and the army have begun joint operations to rescue the women, mentioned Mohammed Shehu, a police spokesman in Zamfara state.
The ladies’ abduction has prompted worldwide outrage.
Pope Francis decried the kidnapping and prayed for the women’ fast launch, throughout his public tackle in St. Peter’s Sq. on Sunday.
“I pray for these women, in order that they could return residence quickly … I’m near their households and to them,″ Francis mentioned, asking folks to hitch him in prayer.
Final week, U.N. Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the abductions and known as for the women’ “fast and unconditional launch” and protected return to their households. He known as assaults on faculties a grave violation of human rights and the rights of kids, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned.
Nigeria has seen a number of such assaults and kidnappings lately. On Saturday, 24 college students, six employees and eight family members have been launched after being kidnapped on February 17 from the Authorities Science School Kagara in Niger state. In December, greater than 300 schoolboys from a secondary college in Kankara, in northwestern Nigeria, have been taken and later launched. The federal government has mentioned no ransom was paid for the scholars’ launch.
Essentially the most infamous kidnapping was in April 2014, when 276 women have been kidnapped by the jihadist rebels of Boko Haram from the secondary college in Chibok in Borno state. Greater than 100 of these women are nonetheless lacking.
Boko Haram is against western schooling and its fighters usually goal faculties. Different organized armed teams, regionally known as bandits, usually abduct college students for cash. The federal government says giant teams of armed males in Zamfara state are recognized to kidnap for cash and to press for the discharge of their members held in jail.
Nigeria’s felony networks might plot extra such abductions if this spherical of kidnappings go unpunished, say analysts.
“Whereas enhancing group policing and safety on the whole stays a mid-to-long-term problem, within the quick time period authorities should punish these accountable to ship a powerful message that there will likely be zero tolerance towards such acts,” mentioned Rida Lyammouri, senior fellow on the Coverage Heart for the New South, a Moroccan primarily based suppose tank.
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