Abducted Students, Others Will Soon Reunite With Families – Defence Minister
The Minister of Defence Mohammed Badaru and Minister of State for Defence Dr. Bello Matawalle have reassured Zamfara citizenry and Nigerians of the progress being made for the quick return of the abducted female students and others of Federal University Gusau.
A statement by the Ministry of Defence said the duo expressed confidence that the joint security task forces are working discreetly round the clock to get the students rescued.
Badaru, while condemning the act said that Federal Government is doing everything possible to secure their release. He extends his heartfelt sympathy to the parents, the academic community, and the entire citizenry of Zamfara State for the tragic abduction.
Reacting to the Statement credited to Governor Lawal of Zamfara State that Federal Government was negotiating with the Zamfara terrorists to secure the release of the abducted, the Minister debunked the claim and allegation pointing out that Federal Government is working round the clock to ensure that the girls and others return home.
The Minister said that the allegation is false and misleading as the Ministry has not mandated anybody or group to negotiate on behalf of Federal Government. He clarified that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given marching order to Military and other security agencies to ensure the release of those that were abducted.
He stated further that the order of Mr. President has started yielding result has 13 of the abducted students and 3 others regained their freedom on Monday 25, 2023 This feat was achieved through the professional efforts of the Military
He however condole with families of the girls and others that were abducted saying: “I share in your pain and strongly condemn this reprehensible act carried out by suspected bandits.”
On his part, the Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Bello Muhammed Matawalle, also condemned the attack in all totality and called on the nation’s dedicated security forces to intensify efforts and deploy every available resources to secure the safe return of the abducted students.
“As part of President Bola Ahmed Tinibu’s eight point agenda of strengthening national security for peace and prosperity, I condemn and vow to secure the release of the abducted students.”
While also assuring the citizens of the State, Dr. Matawalle said that air and ground components of the military have already been massively deployed within the state as every measure will be taken to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians.