Senate Panel Seeks Rescue Of 24 Abducted Female Varsity Students

The Senate Committee on Army has called  for immediate rescue of abducted female students of Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State by bandits.

In a statement by its chairman, Senator Abdulaziz Yar’Adua (APC – Katsina Central),  the panel said rescuing  the innocent female students from captivity of the bandits must be topmost priority.

Yar’Adua lamented that the scourge of banditry and  insurgency by criminal elements in the country with attendant abduction of law abiding citizens, was a serious dent on the image of the country and blow to collective conscience of Nigerians.

“This is a moment that demands swift and decisive action. We cannot underestimate the trauma and anguish that these young girls and their families are experiencing right now.

“It is our duty as leaders to prioritize their safety and well-being above all else,” he said.

He added that the  Army and other security agencies, must be well equipped and positioned, to stop the menace already threatening the nation’s unity, peace and progress.

The statement reads in part: “The recent kidnapping of more than 24 innocent school students of Federal University of Gusau, Nigeria, particularly the young girls, is not just another unfortunate incident but  a clear indication that the insecurity plaguing our country has reached alarming levels.

“We can no longer stand idle and allow our nation’s future to be continually threatened.

I call upon all stakeholders in government, from the executive to the legislative, and the judiciary, to immediately divert our attention to this heinous attack and ensure the safe rescue of our young daughters.

“Furthermore, let us use this unfortunate incident as a wake-up call. The Nigerian government must intensify its efforts in curbing the escalating insecurity that has permeated our land.

“We cannot continue to allow bandits, insurgents, and criminal elements to terrorize our communities, disrupt the educations of our children, and instil fear in the hearts of law-abiding citizens.

“As the head of the committee on the Nigerian Army in the National Assembly, I pledge to lend my unwavering voice, support, and resources to this cause.

“We must bolster our security forces, equip them with the necessary tools, provide adequate training, and enhance intelligence gathering mechanisms to counter these threats effectively.

“We must ensure that the Nigerian Army and other security agencies have the capabilities to rescue these kidnapped students without delay.”

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