The safety of 5.2 million students resuming in up to 13,029 institutions all over the country is causing concerns to interested parties..
This is according to Mrs Ibironke Adeagbo, Nigeria’s Ambassador for Health and Safety, who expressed fears over the safety of students in schools as they commence a new academic year.
Further explaining the situation, she revealed records show that 1.4 million of the students are in the Nigerian northwest, the hotbed of persistent abductions that have resulted in the deaths of many people, including students.
Kidnapping Statistics May Affect Students Resuming
According to Statisense, a Nigerian data company, more than 3,000 people have been kidnapped since January this year, with 1,344 abductions occurring in June alone.
Adeagbo, a Nigerian Envoy, made this point while reacting to the dispersal of students sitting for the ongoing West African School Certificate Examinations in a community in Imo in the Igbo heartland.
She spoke in a telephone interview with the NAN in Abuja on Thursday.
Recall that on September 20, shooters chased away candidates sitting for the senior school certificate examination at Nkume community in the Njaba Local Government Area of Imo, burning motorbikes belonging to teachers and students.