In a harrowing incident that has sent shockwaves through the Federal University of Gusau, Zamfara State, unknown gunmen abducted some students in the early hours of Friday.
According to reports, the majority of the students kidnapped during the brazen attack were females. The gunmen believed to be bandits, launched their assault around 3:00 a.m., terrorizing the Sabon-Gida community.
Eyewitnesses, including a student of the Federal University of Gusau, recounted the horrifying ordeal. Nazeer Sabon-Gida, a resident of the area, provided chilling details of the attack.
He stated, “They entered the town around 3:00 a.m. and started shooting indiscriminately. We have yet to confirm the number of students kidnapped because the bandits entered three hostels and kidnapped all the students there. It is difficult to ascertain their numbers now.”
The assailants demonstrated a high level of organization, as they engaged with the army troops in a calculated manner. Sabon-Gida explained, “They were seriously engaged with the army troops but the way these bandits operate, they will divide themselves into two, one group will move with the kidnapped victims while the other will stay behind to protect the first group. The first group had left with the students while the second group engaged the army in a gun duel.”
As of now, the police have not issued a statement regarding the incident, leaving the community and the families of the abducted students anxiously awaiting updates on the situation.
It was reported that in June this year some students voiced their concerns about the escalating rate of kidnappings involving their fellow schoolmates in Sabon-Gida and Damba. The recent abduction has only exacerbated fears surrounding the safety of students in the area.
Authorities are now under intense pressure to swiftly respond to this crisis, with parents and concerned citizens demanding immediate action to secure the safe release of the abducted students.
As the situation unfolds, the nation remains on edge, awaiting further developments in this distressing incident.