Nigerian army forces have successfully rescued six of the abducted students from the Federal University of Gusau in Zamfara State.
In the early hours of Friday, September 22, a group of suspected bandits carried out an attack on the Sabon-Gida community within the Bungudu Local Government Area of the state.
Sabon-Gida village is situated opposite the main campus of the Federal University of Gusau, approximately 20 km away from the state capital, Gusau.
Reports indicate that around 24 students were abducted by the bandits, with a majority of them being female.
A resident of Sabon-Gida, Nazeer Sabon-Gida, recounted that the bandits invaded the community at approximately 3:00 am, opening fire indiscriminately.
“We have yet to confirm the exact number of students kidnapped because the bandits entered three different hostels and abducted all the students present. It is currently challenging to determine their precise numbers,” he explained.
Sabon-Gida further noted that the bandits engaged in a serious confrontation with the army troops. However, the bandits typically split into two groups during their operations: one group accompanies the kidnapped victims, while the other remains behind to safeguard the first group.
He added that while the first group had already departed with the abducted students, the second group engaged the army in a firefight.