Abduction of students from the Federal University Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA) and ongoing efforts to rescue them

The Katsina State Police Command says it is working to secure the release of four female students of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, still held captive by bandits.

“We are making an effort in collaboration with the school management, relevant stakeholders, and sister security agencies,” police spokesperson ASP Aliyu Abubakar-Sadiq told the journalists in Katsina on Friday.

On securing the released student without paying ransom, FUDMA Vice Chancellor, Prof. Armya’u Bichi, earlier told reporters, “I was communicating regularly on phone with the remaining four students as efforts were in top gear to rescue them.”

Bichi revealed meeting the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, recently.

“He assured me that more security personnel would be deployed to the permanent site of the university,” the VC stated.

Five female students of FUDMA were abducted by suspected bandits on October 3, 2023, when the gunmen invaded their rented apartment located behind Mariamoh Ajiri Memorial School, Dutsin-ma.

The police had at that time announced the arrest of a man suspected to be an informant to the terrorists.

Also, the police on November 22, confirmed that one out of the five abducted students had regained freedom after about 50 days in captivity.

The girl was released from the kidnappers den and taken to Kuncin Kalgo, Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara, from where she was brought back to Katsina.

Bichi, noted that no ransom was paid to secure the release of the freed kidnapped student.


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