Defence & Security

Bandits abduct five Students In Zamfara

By Orowo Victoria Ojieh

At least five students of the College of Health Science and Technology, Tsafe, Zamfara State, have been abducted by bandits, who invaded a residential area around the institution.

The attack happened in the early hours of Wednesday when the assailants stormed the residential areas of the students.

According to reports, the presence of security personnel prevented the assailants from gaining entrance into the school.

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Police authorities in Zamfara State have confirmed the abductions. The spokesperson of the command, Muhammed Shehu, said troops have been deployed to trail the bandits and rescue the victims unhurt.

Wednesday’s incident adds to several cases of the kidnapping of students in Nigeria’s northwest region where banditry has gained roots.

Several schools in the northern parts of the country have been attacked with scores of students kidnapped despite efforts of the state governments and security agencies to curtail the onslaughts.

However, in some cases, students were later released but authorities have denied paying ransom for the freed students, The Trumpet gathered.

The governments across the region last year introduced a string of measures to curb the incidents including banning of sales of petroleum products in jerry cans and blockage of telecommunication services. But the moves were reversed months after.

Federal Government had also classified the bandits as terrorists.

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