Amnesty urges FG to investigate lapses enabling abduction in Zamfara – moneyamebo

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Amnesty International has advised the Federal Government to investigate the security lapses that are enabling insecurity nd kidnapping in Zamfara State.

The Country Director, Amnesty International, Nigeria, Isa Sanusi, in a statement obtained by moneyamebo, said the Nigerian authorities had always claimed to be in control of the security situation in Zamfara but the issues of insecurity and abduction has not ceased.

Zamfara state is one of the states in Nigeria with the highest cases of abduction often carried out by bandits and terrorists.

An unspecified number of students of the Federal University of Gusau, were reportedly abducted from their rented lodge in Sabon Gida, Bungudu LGA of the state in the early hours of Friday, September 22. The Nigerian army had claimed it had rescued 6 out of the kidnapped female undergraduates of the Federal Univeristy of Gusau.

Zamafara has been the epicentre of banditry and abdcutions in the past 8 years.

Reacting to the developments on Sunday, Sanusi said, “The Nigerian authorities must take all lawful measures and do more to rescue and return to safety all the dozens of — mostly female students — of Federal University Gusau abducted by gunmen in the early hours of Friday

“Schools should be places of safety, and no person should have to choose between their education and their life. The Nigerian authorities have repeatedly claimed to be tackling the security situation in Zamfara State, but the ruthless activities of gunmen tell a different story. The attack on Federal University Gusau and abduction of students may amount to war crime, and it is a violation of international humanitarian law. It also undermines the right to education.

“The authorities appear to have learned nothing from the series of school abductions that took place across the northern part of Nigeria. The latest abduction clearly shows that there appears to be no framework in place to prevent further school abductions. The Nigerian authorities must investigate the inexcusable security lapses that allowed this abduction to take place.”

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