Parents of Abducted Pupils of Turkish International School Demands Emergency Meeting With Buhari

Parents of Abducted Pupils of Turkish International School Demands Emergency Meeting With Buhari
Parents of Abducted Pupils of Turkish International School Demands Emergency Meeting With Buhari

Parents of Abducted Pupils of Turkish International School Demands Emergency Meeting With Buhari

Parents of the five abducted pupils of the Turkish-run school, Nigeria Tulip International Colleges, and owners of the school on Friday demand for an emergency meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over the increasing state of insecurity in schools across the country.

Parents 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 stop the growing targeting of school by gangs of kidnappers, the Punch.

 Last week kidnappers, who broke into the school female section, had abducted three female supervisors, a female cook, a female teacher (Turkish) and three students. The abductors had demanded N1.2bn ransom for the release of the abductees and later reduced it to N750m.

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.

In both cases, the victims did not secure their freedom until after five days.

The Deputy National President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Chief Yomi Otubela, said the association would like to meet the President to discuss the security of pupils in schools across the country.

He said the safety of lives of students and schoolchildren demand urgent national intervention.

“We want to meet with the President because this is about the future of the leaders of tomorrow,” he said.

Otubela said they want to tell the government to provide armed security personnel in schools in the country.

“Last year, we held a press briefing where we asked the government to see how they could provide armed security in all the streets that have schools, both private and public schools.

“This has yet to be done and it is one of the issues that would be on our agenda.”

He said the government had “failed to secure the citizens,” respective PTAs and school managements had been advised to raise funds and provide security for themselves.

“If some parents can pay as much as N1m as tuition per year, they should be able to look for 10 to 20 per cent of that amount to secure that child. That is the truth,” he said.

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