For residents in Niger State, living with banditry has become the norm. There are incessant attacks. But the recent abduction of the Kagara schoolboys has raised questions on why schools are a soft target for kidnappings.
In February alone, Kagara, Tegina, and Gurmana have been attacked.
Niger State, like other Northern states, lives with near constant banditry.
But none of the other attacks have gotten as much attention as the abductions from the government science secondary school.
These bandits are well armed – and refusing to back down from security services.
Ten and a half million children are already out of school in Nigeria, largely in the north of the country.
And with attacks like these continuing – the chances of children getting an education seem ever more distant.