Abducted varsity students, corps members rescued in Zamfara

Usman Abdullah
Usman Abdullah
Two of the rescued victims

The remaining staff and students of the Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, who were abducted on September 22, 2023, have regained freedom.

Bandits had invaded hostels in Sabon-Gida community of the Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara, abducting over 20 students, mostly ladies.

After several efforts by the university authorities and family members, some of the captives were released after months, but 23 remained in captivity.

However, sources told our correspondent that the remaining students were rescued by security forces on Sunday.

“They were released at Kuncin Kalgo in Tsafe local government area of Zamfara state and handed over to government officials on Sunday. A total of 23 persons in all,” said a source with direct knowledge of the development.

NewMailNG saw pictures of some of the captives being conveyed in buses.

The source added that some members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) who were abducted in Sokoto State have also been rescued.

Zamfara is one of the badly affected states in the campaign of violence bandits unleashed on North West residents.

When he sought audience with President Bola Tinubu at Aso Rock last month, Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara said his state was under siege.

“There have been several attacks in some of the local government communities. I feel, as a responsible governor, I should make this known to Mr. President, who is pleased with the discussion we have, and we are looking for more military personnel as well as the equipment for them to be able to function effectively and take care of the security situation.”

“Zamfara has become the center of banditry as we speak today, and if nothing is done in Zamfara state , I don’t think we will be able to solve the situation in the entire northern Nigeria. Most of the guys or girls kidnapped in Kaduna State ended up in Zamfara State, which is not good for us, and therefore we’re doing everything to change the narratives, and that is one of the reasons I came to see the president today.

“That is why I am here today. I have informed Mr. President, and I have his assurance that something drastic will be done to take care of the situation as soon as possible,” he told state house correspondents.

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