Six out of the 24 students abducted from the Federal University Gusau in Zamfara State earlier on Friday have been successfully rescued by a unit of the Nigeria Army.
The kidnapping occurred during a bandit attack on the Sabon-Gida community in Bungudu Local Government Area.
A high-ranking military source, closely connected to the Commander of the 1st Brigade Nigerian Army, Gusau, confirmed this development.
Sani Ahmed, a Brigadier General of the Brigade Commander, is currently leading a joint operation with other security agencies in the forest near the Tsafe Local Government Area of the state.
The source also revealed that several bandits have been neutralized during the ongoing operation, and some weapons have been recovered.
An anonymous student from the university had earlier reported that over 24 schoolmates, primarily female students, were taken during the attack.
A resident of Sabon-Gida, Nazeer Sabon-Gida confirmed that the gunmen invaded the community at around 3 a.m. and began indiscriminate shooting. He added that three student hostels were targeted, and all students in those hostels were abducted by the bandits.
In a related development, the Zamfara State Police Command has confirmed the student abduction. The command’s spokesperson, Yazid Abubakar, an ASP stated that the exact number of abducted students has yet to be confirmed.
However, he assured that a rescue operation is currently underway.