Five female students of the Federal University Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA) in Katsina State have been kidnapped by suspected terrorists.
A spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, ASP Abubakar Sadiq, confirmed the incident. ASP Sadiq disclosed that one suspect had been arrested in connection with the incident.
He stated that the investigation is still ongoing and that efforts are being made to rescue the kidnapped students.
Reports by Newsmen has it that the students were kidnapped in the early hours of today at about 2:30 a.m. They were taken from their residence located behind Mariamoh Ajiri Memorial International School along Tsaskiya Road.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Tajudeen Abbas, has lamented the resurgence of abduction of students in tertiary institutions by bandits in the North-West region of Nigeria.
The Speaker raised the concern following confirmation by the Katsina State Police Command today of the abduction of five students of the Federal University, Dutsinma in the state.
It would be recalled that on the 22nd of September, 2023, armed bandits invaded three female hostels at the Sabon Gida area of Zamfara State and abducted an unspecified number of female students at the Federal University, Gusau (FUG).
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogala, has said the current security challenges in the country are not peculiar to Nigeria but a global concern requiring new strategies to contain.
He spoke during the graduation of participants of Naval Warfare Course 7 in Calabar today.
According to him, the current insecurity around the globe was borne out of inimical actions of state and non-state actors aiming to destabilise sovereign nations.
He added that it was crucial for sovereign nations to evolve long-term and robust strategies towards conducting regular operations to contain the threats.
Vice Admiral Ogala said the Nigerian Armed Forces have been engaged in different operations across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
The Chief of Naval Staff saluted the courage and efforts of the security forces in the fight against insecurity nationwide.
He also congratulated the course participants and urged them to remain alive to their core responsibility of tackling insecurity in the nation’s territorial waters.
In his address, the Commander, Naval War College, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, said 22 officers participated in the course, including a Captain from the Cameroonian Navy.
The commander explained that the Nigerian Naval War College was established to bridge command, leadership and management gaps in naval officers’ career progression.