FG Reports Over 1,000 Kidnapped Victims Rescued Without Ransom

The National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, revealed on Monday that under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu, the Federal Government has successfully freed over 1,000 kidnapped individuals without succumbing to ransom demands. His statement came during the reception of 22 students and staff from the Federal University of Gusau, Zamfara State, who were recently rescued.

The abduction took place on September 22, 2023, when armed bandits raided the institution, capturing over 30 students and staff. Zamfara State’s Deputy Governor, Mani Mummuni, visited the university to extend sympathies and urged swift action from security agencies to secure the remaining captives.

In response, the Zamfara State Police Command assured that additional tactical teams had been deployed for rescue operations. According to the police, the abductions involved sophisticated weaponry and motorcycles. While some students were rescued or escaped, 22 remained in captivity until the recent operation led to their liberation.

The National Counter-Terrorism Centre coordinated the rescue, freeing the 22 individuals without ransom payments or casualties. Ribadu commended the efforts, emphasizing the government’s commitment to safeguarding citizens and preventing future abductions. He urged the rescued students and staff to remain resilient and not allow their ordeal to weaken them, as ongoing security measures aim to enhance community safety and deter criminal activities.

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