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PTAN to FG: Rescue Yawuri, Bethel female students abandoned in captivity

…Urges Govt to “apply same train victims’ pattern.” 

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The National President of Parents/Teachers Association of Nigeria (PTAN), Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, has decried abandonment of Federal Government College Yawuri female students in captivity of terrorists, currently circulating in viral video on social media, for over a year.

The kidnapped female students were reportedly seeing carrying all sorts of war weapons in the viral video, which he said is really dangerous for their future.

In a chat with newsmen, the national president expressed shock and dissatisfaction on seeing kidnapped abandoned secondary school girls holding all sorts of dangerous weapons, calling on their parents to come to their aid. 

According to him, “The lives of students are in danger and, as such, they are exposed to dangerous weapons and notorious people surrounding them.

Danjuma appreciated FG for the release of Kaduna-Abuja abducted train victims but equally reminded the government of Kebbi school students and Kaduna. 

He appealed to Kebbi State Government, Kaduna State and Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, try all its possible best to rescue their kidnapped children in the hands of terrorists.

“We saw our children carrying dangerous weapons, and this is not really good for the parents and the society. We, as PTAN, express sadness with the latest trending video on social media showing our kids carrying war weapons crying for help,” he said.

The national president appealed to Federal Government of Nigeria to “equally use the same wisdom, skills and pattern in rescuing Kaduna-Abuja train abducted victims to secure the release of our abandoned female school students that are still in captivity for over one year.”

One of the girls, while talking in Hausa Language, said, “Daddy, come and help us get out of here, please. We were kidnapped, been in the bush. Please, help us, daddy; if not, you will never see us again. Pay them, daddy.

“The students of Yawuri School that were abducted since last year were, indeed, 11 in numbers and there is the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna still with the bandits. 

Danjuma, who also thanked the bandits for not molesting the students, also called on Federal Government of Nigeria and ASUU to resolve the 7 months’ ongoing strike to save Nigeria’s education from collapsing. 

He noted that, the strike has affected the quality of education in the country; hence, the need to bring an end and return the children back to school. 

Similarly, the national president of Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, equally drew the attention of governments on the need to rescue all the kidnapped secondary school girls and other citizens that are still in captivity in the forestry. “These girls have spent over a year with the bandits in forestry,” she noted. 

She called on traditional title holders and religious leader to help secure the release of all the kidnapped victims across the 19 northern states of Nigeria.

She equally appealed to Jamiyyar Matan Arewa and Arewa Consultative Forum with coalitions of northern group to call on the government for the release of all kidnapped victims in the country.

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