Parents, school owners demand emergency meeting with Buhari over kidnapping

Parents, school owners demand emergency meeting with Buhari over kidnapping

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As a result of the recent kidnapping of three female pupils and five staff members, including a Turkish national, by unknown gunmen in the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (formerly known as Turkish International School), last Friday, parents and school owners are seeking emergency meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over the increasing state of insecurity in the nation’s schools.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Parents and teachers who spoke through the National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria, the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools among others, said an urgent meeting was necessary to stem the tide of an evil wind blowing in schools across the country to prevent it from becoming epidemic.

NTIC’s spokesperson, Cemal Yigit, had said in a statement last Saturday that at about 9.30pm, some armed men gained entrance to the girls’ section of the school through different means and held hostage three female supervisors, a female cook, a female teacher (Turkish) and three students.

On Monday, the abductors had demanded a N1.2bn ransom for the release of the abductees and later reduced it to N750m.

Representatives of school owners and parents, who spoke to Saturday PUNCH, expressed anger and concern about the development, noting that they were seeking an audience with the President, especially as the abducted victims have yet to regain freedom.

The Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria, the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools and the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, said the situation was worrisome and required urgent attention.

Earlier in March, 2016, three pupils of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos, were abducted by gunmen. On October 6, 2016, four pupils and two teachers were also abducted at the Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe. Read in full here>>>

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