Gov. Dauda Lawal of Zamfara has said that the government was doing everything possible to rescue the abducted students of Federal University Gusau (FUGUS).
The governor gave the assurance in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Suleiman Bala, issued in Gusau on Thursday.
Lawal who paid a sympathy visit to the university, described the situation as unfortunate and a setback to education, and reiterated his commitment to ending the activities of bandits and other criminals in the state.
The governor also maintained his stand on non-negotiation with bandits, saying they must drop their weapons or face the full wrath of the law.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Mu’azu Abubakar, revealed that 12 students of the institution and nine construction workers are still with the bandits.
He explained that six students were rescued and nine others escaped from the bandits, leaving the remaining 21 victims in captivity.
Mu’azu said that the university authority has been in constant touch with the parents of the abducted students as security agents intensify efforts to rescue them unhurt.
The vice chancellor urged the parents to be more patient and pray for the safe return of their children.
He also urged students of the university not to be distracted from their studies, assuring that efforts were on to make the university safer for learning.