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The House of Representatives has come to condemn the recent abduction of Nigerians in different parts of the country, particularly, in Kaduna and Sokoto states, where hundreds of students were kidnapped from their schools.

Last week Wednesday, it was reported that bandits abducted scores of schoolchildren in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

In a related development, another fifteen Tsangaya students at Gidan Bakuso area of Gada Local Government Area of Sokoto State were also kidnapped on Saturday.

Reacting to this ugly trend, spokesman for the House, Mr Akin Rotimi, in a statement, said the criminal acts “Are not just attacks on individuals but also on the fundamental right to education and security of our citizens.”

He recalled that in response to these abductions and other criminal activities, “The House deliberated on three motions on Wednesday and Thursday March 6 and 7 2024 moved by Sada Soli (APC, Katsina), Zainab Gimba (APC, Borno) and Mukhtar Zakari (APC, Kaduna) on the need to address the growing concerns of insecurity in the country.

“The House consequently called on security agencies to increase the pressure against all criminal elements across the country as part of our firm commitment to work with the executive to ensure the safety and security of all Nigerians in line with our legislative agenda.”

It added that “No Nigerian should be in captivity. Our schools must be safe for our children.

“We must collectively rise to the occasion and stem the tide of abductions, especially of women and children, at a time when the government is making efforts to address the high rate of out-of-school children. The schools must be safe for our children. Our security agencies need to act fast.”

The lawmakers, therefore, called on the military and other security agencies to swiftly go after the abductors and ensure the safe rescue of the victims.

“It is imperative that security agencies step up their efforts to protect our citizens, especially women and children, from these heinous crimes,” he added.

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