By Muhammadu Sabiu
An unspecified number of students from the Federal University of Gusau were kidnapped during an early morning raid by a large group of armed bandits in the Sabon-Gida community of Zamfara State’s Bungudu Local Government Area.
Eyewitnesses reported that the assailants, numbering in large quantities, invaded the community around 3 am, firing their weapons indiscriminately.
They targeted three student hostels and forcibly abducted all the students within.
The bandits engaged in a fierce gunfight with Nigerian Army troops, further complicating the situation.
Their escape plan involved dividing into two groups, with one group escorting the kidnapped victims while the other confronted the army.
This incident follows previous student protests in June over the abduction of their schoolmates in Sabon-Gida and Damba.
Sabon-Gida village is located just 20 kilometers from the state capital, Gusau, and directly across from the main campus of the Federal University of Gusau.
Efforts to reach the university authorities have been fruitless so far, with no response from the school’s spokesperson, Umar Usman.
As authorities intensify efforts to secure the release of the abducted students and restore peace to the affected community, residents and concerned families anxiously await updates on this distressing situation.