Zamfara Police confirms 317 schoolgirls kidnapped as Gumi absorbs bandits
The Zamfara Police Command has confirmed the abduction of 317 females students kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State.
This comes as Islamic scholar Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has said abductors of the Zamfara schoolgirls were not the bandits he recently engaged with in Zamfara forests.
Zamfara Police Commissioner, CP Abutu Yaro said a joint search and rescue operation is already underway with a view to rescuing the 317 students kidnapped by the marauders.
Yaro said the Force Commander Operations Hadarin Daji, Major General Aminu Bande, Brigade Commander 1 Brigade, Nigeria Army Gusau, and other state government officials led a heavily armed Re-enforcement team to Jangebe to complement the ongoing rescue operation in the locations where the students were believed to have been whisked to.
The Commissioner while interfacing with the Principal of the school and the parents appealed to everyone to be calm as joint efforts of the police and other security agencies will surely lead to a successful rescue of the students.
Reacting in a telephone interview, Gumi said the abduction was carried out by a splinter group of the Zamfara bandits.
The Islamic scholar, who appeared to have reached out to the bandit leaders he recently met, stated categorically “They are not the ones that abducted the girls. It is a splinter group.”
When asked whether he would be going to Zamfara to meet the bandits for talks and plea for release of the school girls, Sheikh Gumi simply said, “maybe”.
The Islamic scholar has taken his peace message to bandits’ hideouts in Zamfara where about 500 were reported to have repented in Shinkafi local government area.
The renowned Islamic scholar and his delegation also met with bandits at Sububu forest and Pakai forests.