President Bola Tinubu has directed security agencies to rescue the female students abducted in Zamfara.
Gatekeepers News reports that in a statement presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale on Sunday, Tinubu strongly condemned the reprehensible act of abduction and emphasised that there is no moral justification for such heinous crimes against innocent students pursuing quality education.
Last week, bandits attacked the Sabon-Gida community in the Bungudu Local Government Area and kidnapped over 24 students from the Federal University of Gusau, Zamfara.
While six students have been rescued, President Tinubu has ordered security operatives to ensure the safe release of those still in captivity.
“President Bola Tinubu has directed security agencies to rescue the remaining female students of the Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State, who were recently abducted by terrorists,”
“Condemning the reprehensible act of abduction, the President says there is no moral justification for such heinous crimes against innocent victims whose only ‘offense’ was their pursuit of quality education.”
The presidential aide said Tinubu condoled with the families of those affected, reiterating his government’s resolve to “protect every Nigerian citizen, and in line with this commitment, assures the families of the abducted students that no effort will be spared in ensuring their safe return”.
Tinubu has also vowed to “ensure that educational institutions remain sanctuaries of knowledge, growth, and opportunity, and totally free from the menacing acts of terrorists,” the statement added.
Zamfara Governor, Dauda Lawal while commiserating the families of those affected, described the abduction as cowardly and equally directed security agencies to go after the assailants with a view to rescuing the abductees.
Last week’s attack is the latest in a growing trend of student abductions, particularly in Nigeria’s North-West region. Scores of learners have in the past few years been kidnapped by bandits who target schools. But many of them were later rescued.