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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has given some commendation to the Federal Government of Nigeria and some other security agents over the rescue of abducted children in Ondo State.
Africa Daily News, New York has also reported that some unidentified children and some adults had been rescued from a church where they were waiting for rapture.
A statement signed by UNICEF Communication Specialist, Geofery Njoku noted that children must never be held against their will under any circumstance. It condemned the violence against children, warning that a society is measured by how it treats its children.
UNICEF also tasked the government to increase efforts at protecting children from every form of violence. The group also commended the rescue of about 27 children held against their will in a church in Ondo State.
“Children should not be targets of violence in whatever guise. Violence against children is condemnable and we call on governments to redouble efforts to protect children against all forms of violence. A society’s health is measured by how it treats its children,” he said.
The recent rescue of over 50 children in a church basement in Ondo State has gotten the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) excited even as they called for further measures to forestall future occurrences.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that the children were kept at The Whole Bible Believers Church, also known as Ondo Church, located at Valentino Area of the state, preparatory for ‘rapture’ that was supposed to take place in April, but was later shifted to September 2022.
The rescue had sparked serious outrage among many Nigerians over the weekend, especially on social media.
In a statement, on Monday morning, UNICEF Country Representative, Peter Hawkins described the development as a crime against the children who are the future of a country.
According to him: ‘Children should not be targets of violence in whatever guise. Violence against children is condemnable and we call on governments to redouble efforts to protect children against all forms of violence.’
He pointed out that society’s health is measured by how it treats its children, hence he advocated urgent need for government to investigate the alleged ‘abduction’ of the children.