Ban calls for immediate release of all school girls abducted in Nigeria

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Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General is calling for the immediate release of around 100 school girls who were reportedly abducted in Nigeria on Monday.

Mr Ban condemned what he called a shocking mass abduction in Chibok, in Borno State of eastern Nigeria.

The girls, between the ages of 12 and 17, were taken from their school hostel.

Stephane Dujarric is the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.

“The Secretary-General is deeply alarmed about the increasing frequency and brutality of attacks against educational institutions in the north of the country. The targeting of schools and school children is a grave violation of international humanitarian law. Schools are, and must remain, safe places where children can learn and grow in peace.” (20″)

Monday night's attack on the Chibok school took place hours after over 70 people were killed in a bomb attack at a bus station in the Nyanyan neighbourhood, close to the capital, Abuja.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 58″

 

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