The incident is the primary mass college abduction in Nigeria since President Bola Tinubu took workplace in Could.
Safety forces have rescued 14 of not less than 20 college students kidnapped from a college in northwestern Nigeria and are looking for the remaining captives, college authorities say.
Gunmen attacked the varsity in Zamfara state’s Bungudu district final week and fled with the scholars and a few employees within the first mass college abduction in Nigeria since President Bola Tinubu took workplace in Could.
The 14 college students from the Federal College Gusau had been rescued with two different folks, a press release from the college mentioned on Monday with out offering particulars about after they had been freed or the character of the rescue operation.
“The unhappy and unlucky incident has certainly thrown the College neighborhood into severe pressure and apprehension,” the assertion mentioned, including that safety forces had been “doing their greatest” to rescue the remaining college students. It additionally mentioned steps had been being taken to spice up safety across the college.
Such abductions from colleges are widespread in northwestern and central Nigeria, the place armed teams usually take folks hostage in trade for large ransoms that analysts mentioned assist them to purchase weapons and maintain their operations.
Nigeria’s army has been combating armed teams like Boko Haram within the northeast, which has left it thinly stretched to deal with the kidnapping gangs, identified domestically as bandits.
The bandits are believed to be largely ethnic Fulanis, however pastoralists and mercenaries from the area in addition to neighbouring Chad and Niger are additionally concerned.
An estimated 12,000 folks died and a whole lot of hundreds extra displaced throughout the northwestern states of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna from 2011 to 2022 because of the disaster, in line with the Centre for Democracy and Improvement, an Abuja-based coverage and advocacy suppose tank.
In Zamfara, one of many kidnap-for-ransom scorching spots, many vigilante teams have sprung up with youngsters becoming a member of their ranks and wielding knives and golf equipment.
The most recent assault poses a brand new problem to Tinubu, who prolonged the ruling social gathering’s reign along with his election victory after promising to unravel Nigeria’s safety disaster. It provides to rising stress from the opposition and activists who’ve accused Tinubu of not doing sufficient to ensure safety.
Armed teams have been finishing up assaults in lots of distant communities, usually making the most of the insufficient safety presence in these areas.
Whereas condemning the college abductions in a press release issued by his workplace on Sunday, Tinubu mentioned his authorities is “decided to make sure that academic establishments stay sanctuaries of data, progress, and alternative, and completely free from the menacing acts of terrorists”.