From Maiharaji Altine, Gusau
Zamfara state police command has confirmed the abduction of 15 students and four staff of the College of Agriculture and Animal Science (CAAS) Bakura by bandits.
In a statement, the spokesperson of the Command CP Mohammed Shehu said the Commissioner Police, CP Ayuba N. Elkana accompanied by strategic and tactical Commanders visited the college in relation to the bandits’attack.
According to the statement, “the Bandits who were in large number came to the school at about midnight with intent to abduct large number of students and staff, but were heavily confronted by the Tactical Police Operatives who were alerted and responded to the scene on time”.
*Unfortunately, a Police Inspector and two (2) other civilian guards lost their lives while 15 students and 4 staff were abducted by the bandits”.
Shehu however said three staff were rescued and would be debriefed and medically examined before being reunited with their families.
He said that the Commissioner of Police while at the school, held an emergency meeting where he assured the school management and the relations that the Police Command and other security agents were employing various search and rescue strategies in order to ensure the safe rescue of the abducted students and staff currently in captivity.
The statement added that “the police Commissioner further went round the school and assessed the existing security arrangements to enable more reinforcement be provided against further invasion.
“The Provost of the school while briefing the Commissioner of Police commended the resilience of the Police operatives for standing their ground despite the abduction of 15 students and 4 staff”.