The Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has condemned last Wednesday’s attack on Government Science College (GSC), Kagara.
Gunmen had stormed the school in Rafi local government area of Niger State, and kidnapped Kagara students, teachers and their family members.
They killed an SSS3 student who tried to escape but a member of staff luckily ran away from the bandits.
According to the state government, 27 students, three teachers, two non-teaching staff members, and nine relations of the staff members staying in the quarters were taken away by the gunmen.
NAPTAN, Haruna Danjuma, has reacted to the kidnapping.
“We received with shock the news of the kidnapping of students and teachers of Government Secondary School, Kagara, Niger State,” he said in a statement.
“Attacks and kidnapping in our schools are giving the association and any well-meaning citizen serious concern considering its consequences on our national lives and development.
“The association is calling on government at all levels in the country to do the needful to nip the scourge in the bud by employing both human and material resources to mitigate if not eradicate banditry and other criminal activities in Nigeria.
“We equally call on all stakeholders to assist schools within their domain on intelligence gathering and surveillance to avert future occurrences.
“Lastly, we commiserate with the government and the people of Niger State, particularly the parents of the innocent students captured and families of the deceased student and urge the government and stakeholders to do the needful to ensure the immediate release of the students and their teachers who are in captivity.”