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Katsina pupils’ abduction worries UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concern over the abduction of pupils in Katsina State.

UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Marie-Pierre Poirier, stated yesterday that the incident was a “violation of children’s rights.”

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Marie-Pierre said that according to unconfirmed reports, hundreds of students were still unaccounted for.

“UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms this brutal attack and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all children and their return to their families.”

“Attacks on schools are a violation of children’s rights and international humanitarian law. This is a grim reminder that abductions of children and widespread grave violations of children’s rights continue to take place in northern Nigeria,” she added.

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