The armed groups that abducted about 20 students on 20 April in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, are increasing the number of executions of their victims. Two other abducted students have been executed, the Kaduna State Minister of Interior announced on Monday.
The kidnappers who abducted twenty students on 20 April in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, have again executed two other students, announced the Minister of Interior of Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan. These armed groups, commonly known as « bandits », had already executed three students at the University of Greenfield at the weekend. The university, which is regularly targeted by these armed gangs, was attacked on the evening of 20 April. This was the fifth recorded attack on schools or universities in the north-west or central Nigeria.
Authorities powerless in the face of insecurity
The Nigerian authorities are increasingly criticised in Africa’s most populous country for their ineffective management of the armed groups that regularly terrorise the population in the central and north-western parts of the country. Their modus operandi: looting villages, stealing livestock and carrying out mass kidnappings for ransom.
Faced with the rampant insecurity in the region, six northern states have been forced to close their schools, most of which are isolated boarding schools. For its part, the UN children’s agency Unicef is not hiding its concern. According to it, since December 2020, nearly 730 students have been abducted, deploring the fact that these recurrent attacks have jeopardised the education of more than five million children.