An international human rights organisation, ActionAid Nigeria, on Thursday, expressed concern over the abduction of children in schools.
The organisation warned that since schools were now seemingly unsafe for girls, the abductions would give parents undue justification to force their girl-child into an early marriage.
The AAN also called on state governments to prioritise improved security for children in schools and a quality educational system.
The global human rights coalition also warned that the menace of abduction was a threat to efforts at reducing the rate of out-of-school children in Nigeria, particularly, the girl-child.
The Country Director of the organisation, Ene Obi, made the submission in a statement on Thursday.
She said, “Insecurity is still on the rise in Nigeria, with many records of insurgency attacks, kidnapping, armed banditry abductions and killings, with scores of deaths both within the military and civilians, especially in the northern and central part of the country.
“The rising cases of abduction of school children is alarming and will further disparage stakeholders’ efforts at reducing the rate of out-of-school children in Nigeria, particularly, the girl-child.