Two months after bandits abducted five students of Federal University Dutsin-ma (FUDMA) in Katsina State, four of them are still in captivity.
One of the students was released last month after spending about 50 days with her abductors. According to the institution’s vice chancellor, Professor Armya’u Bichi, she was released without paying a ransom. The student 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 stated this at a news briefing held at the take-off campus of the university, ahead of the 7th and 8th combined Convocation Ceremony of the institution.
He said that he was communicating regularly on the phone with the remaining four students as efforts were in top gear to rescue them.
Bichi said he recently held a meeting with the National Security Adviser (NSA), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, who assured him that more security personnel would be deployed to the permanent site of the university.
Meanwhile, the Police Command in Katsina State, said it is making efforts to ensure the release of the remaining students.
Aliyu Abubakar-Sadiq, the command’s spokesman, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Katsina yesterday.
The police had at that time announced the arrest of a man suspected to be an informant to the terrorists.
According to Abubakar-Sadiq, the command is doing everything possible, using available resources to ensure their rescue.
“We are making an effort in collaboration with the school management, relevant stakeholders, and sister security agencies,” he said.