The leader of armed bandits in Zamfara State, Dogo Gide, assured on Friday that the abducted students and staff of Government Science College in Kagara, Rafi local government area of Niger State would soon be released.
Gide, whose group controls the Southern part of Zamfara forests, gave the assurance when he met with officials of the Niger State government in Gusau.
The meeting was initiated by a prominent Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Mahmud Gumi.
Although he said the abducted students are not in his custody, he would negotiate with other criminal groups to facilitate the release of the victims.
The bandit leader assured that with the intervention of Gumi the group would ensure the release of the abducted persons.
Armed bandits had in the early hours of Wednesday abducted 27 students and three members of staff from the college.
One of the students was reportedly shot dead by the bandits during the attack on the college.
Gide said: “The abducted persons, whether they were kidnapped by bandits in Zamfara State or any other neighbouring states of Niger, Kebbi, and Kaduna will be released soon.”
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