By IBRAHIM KANOMA, Gusau
The worsening safety condition in Zamfara State has led to an emergency security meeting called by the Governor, Alhaji Dauda.
The governor summoned the security meeting following the abduction of 24 students of the Federal University Gusau, which occurred in their off-campus hostels in Sabon-Gida village of Bungudu Local Government Area, in the early hours of Friday.
In a statement, the spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, stressed that the emergency security council meeting aimed at ensuring the immediate release of all abducted persons and also finding a lasting solution to the lingering issue of insecurity that has become a source of concern to the administration.
He added that the Governor directed the Deputy Governor, Mani Mallam Mummuni, to provide all the necessary support to the security agencies to restore normalcy in all affected areas.
“During the meeting, the security chiefs assured the Deputy Governor of their commitment to restoring peace in the State. They equally unequivocally confirmed to the Deputy Governor that troops had successfully rescued six kidnap victims.
“The Security Chiefs further assured that troops had neutralised scores of the kidnappers and are actively pursuing them to ensure the safe rescue of all victims.
“Mani Mallam Mummuni urged the heads of the Security agencies to improve troops’ presence in volatile areas for surveillance.
“The Deputy Governor has reassured the people of Zamfara that security operatives are working tirelessly to address the current situation.”