Parents of Abducted Gusau Varsity Students Storm Abuja

At least nine parents of the female students of the Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, last Tuesday, stormed the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), demanding the release of their children

The children were among the several others abducted last September 22, but some of them have been released

THISDAY gathered that the storming of the NSAs office Abuja followed the failure of the Zamfara State government to fufill its promise of helping to secure the release of the children last October.

The parents, THISDAY gathered, were invited to Gusau by a top official of the Zamfara government where the official informed them that the abductees were in sound health and would be released “soon”.

However, after waiting for a favourable feedback from the state government without any success, the parents assembled themselves and stormed the NSAs office last Tuesday.

One of the parents said security men did not allow them to see the NSA but someone described as the ADC to the NSA addressed them.

According to one of the parents, the ADC informed them ( parents) that government was on top of the situation, adding that the abductees would soon be released.

According to the parent (names witheld) the ADC informed them that the government was aware of where the students were being kept and that “they are in good condition.”

They told us that they had discussed with the bandits, who were ready to release our children but that it is one of the bandits that is still a problem,” adding that even that one we are going to see him.

He said they were also informed that the leader of the group has been neutralised.

According to the parent, the ADC reportedly said the bandits claimed they were holding on to the girls because Nigerian soldiers were after them and even killed their leader, an action the ADC said did not happen under this administration.

He assured them that very soon, their children will be released.

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