Oyo CPN Advocates End To Child Kidnapping In Nigeria

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*Holds peaceful protest in Ibadan 

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan 

A Non-Government Organisation, the Child Protection Network (CPN), Oyo State Chapter and other stakeholders on Friday, staged a  peaceful protest to decry the incessant and wanton kidnapping of children across Nigeria.

Speaking with journalists at the protest ground, Total Garden area of Ibadan, the CPN state  Coordinator, Mrs Oluwatoyin Ogedengbe said CPN resolved into speaking up against the aberration and that major stakeholders including the government, public spirited individuals, religious/ community leaders, and families should rise up to the occasion of saying no to the menace of kidnapping.

Mrs Ogedengbe described the recent kidnapping of at least 287 school children by armed gunmen in LEA Primary and Secondary School in the Kuriga village of Kaduna’s Chikun district as highly worrisome, adding that such occurrences has to be stopped at all cost.

Stressing that contrary to the notion that such occurrences only take place in the North, she disclosed that the recent record of such in Ekiti State is a clear pointer that the life of all children matters, calling on the government at all levels to put mechanisms and structures in place to ensure the security of not just children, but for all and sundry.

Mrs Ogedengbe tasked the government to do more in increasing the budget and allocations of funds geared towards providing efficient and effective equipments for combating terrorism and kidnapping.

According to Mrs Ogedengbe,  the case of Chibok school girls abductors, who are yet to be apprehended was an indication that government still has so much to do in making sure the lives of all Nigerians is secured.

The CPN state coordinator then charged all Nigerians to join the fight against the kidnapping of children by staying vigilant and reporting whoever is involved and aiding or abating the practice of kidnapping children.

Representative of National Human Rights Commission, Mr Babatunde Onilari in his remarks said the pressure of existing or impending kidnapping is becoming unbearable for families hence the need for the Northern Leaders Forum, Northern Governors Forum and the Northern Senators Forum to speak out against it.

The Executive Director of Youth Care Development and Empowerment Initiative, Dr Adefunke Ekine advised the government to nip kidnapping in the bud, adding that the economic benefit inclined with the nefarious practise is what is still keeping it going, 

Executive Director of Child Development and Concern Foundation, Alhaji Iskil Yusuf noted 

that the continued re-occurrence of child kidnapping ten years after that of the Chibok school girls was alarming and a clarion call for the government to wake from it’s slumber and ensure necessary actions are taken to bring kidnapping to a close in Nigeria.

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