- The police in Zamfara state say two prospective corps members have been forcefully whisked away by bandits
- Eye-witnesses, however, insist that the number of people abducted by the armed bandits are six in total
- Panic has set in among prospective corp members in the northwest state following the abduction of some of their colleagues
Tsafe - Armed bandits have reportedly kidnapped prospective corp members on their way to their orientation camp in Tsafe local government area of Zamfara state.
Although the police confirmed the abduction of two prospective corps members along the Sheme-Tsafe highway in the state, witnesses told Premium Times newspaper that about six others were missing from the incident that occurred on Tuesday, October 19.
The police spokesperson in the state, Muhammad Shehu, in a statement seen by Legit.ng noted:
“Report received by the Zamfara state police command from the state NYSC coordinator indicated that 2 prospective NYSC corp members deployed from Benue to Kebbi and Sokoto states were among the victims of abduction along Tsafe-Gusau road on Tuesday 19th October, 2021.
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“The report was received early today when the commissioner of police, CP Ayuba N. Elkanah visited the orientation camp at Tsafe to assess the existing security emplacement at the orientation camp.
“The commissioner of police while responding, informed the coordinator that the command has commenced investigation into the incident with a view to establishing the actual number of corp members involved in the abduction.
“Similarly, a joint search and rescue operation is ongoing to ensure the safe rescue of corp members along with other abducted victims.”
The CP, in his address to the prospective corp members, assures them of more police commitment to safeguarding their lives and enjoins them to be security conscious of themselves.
Political commentator laments over bad governance in Zamfara
Meanwhile, Suleman Tukura, a public affairs commentator based in Gusau, the Zamfara capital, says the state is under a rudderless leadership.
According to Tukura, Zamfara under Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has gone from bad to worse.
He noted that before now, it was never this bad on matters of governance in Zamfara state.