The United Nations has faulted the abduction of schoolboys of the Government Science School at Kankara, Kastina State.
The organisation who expressed its concern in a statement by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, on Monday called on the immediate release of the kidnapped students.
It read, “The Secretary-General strongly condemns the 11 December attack on a secondary school in Katsina State, Nigeria, and the reported abduction of hundreds of boys by suspected armed bandits.
“The Secretary-General calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted children and for their safe return to their families. He reiterates that attacks on schools and other educational facilities constitute a grave violation of human rights. He urges the Nigerian authorities to bring those responsible for this act to justice.
“The Secretary-General reaffirms the solidarity and support of the United Nations to the Government and people of Nigeria in their fight against terrorism, violent extremism, and organized crime.”
It was reported that gunmen on motorcycles invaded the Government Science School at Kankara on Friday night, engaged security forces in a gun duel and forced hundreds of students to flee and hide in surrounding bushes and forest.
The Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari while visiting the school on Saturday said soldiers were working to locate and free the hostages noting that 333 students are still missing.