The United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF< has expressed concern over the abduction of 21 children in Katsina state by criminals.
Condemning the development in a statement issued on Friday, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Ms Cristian Munduate, said the children were abducted last Sunday from a farm in the Faskari area of the state.
According to the statement, the abducted children consist of 17 girls and 4 boys.
Calling on the government and all concerned to ensure the safe return of the children, UNICEF said such development is reprehensible.
“UNICEF is concerned about the report of the abduction of no fewer than 21 children at a farm in Mairuwa community, Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State, north-west Nigeria.”
“Confirmed reports indicate the 21 children – 17 girls and 4 boys – aged between 15 and 18, were abducted last Sunday at about 12:30 p.m. by “bandits.”
“Abduction of children whether at home, at school, on the farm, or anywhere else, is reprehensible. Children should never be the target of violence, especially by anyone who should be protecting them.”
“We call on the authorities to take necessary action to rescue the abducted children and reunite them with their families unhurt, and without delay.”
“UNICEF also calls on the authorities to rescue other persons reported to have been kidnapped on the farm at the same time the children were abducted.”
“This tragic incident is yet an indication of the danger children face by acts perpetrated by people who should protect them.”