By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi has ordered a massive deployment of officers and men of the corps in and around schools and forests in Katsina State.
The order according to a statement by Babawale Afolabi, NSCDC spokesperson, was in response to massive abduction of farmers around University Campus.
“This is to forestall likely further attack by the bandits who, on Thursday, 23/11/2023 stormed a village near the permanent site of the Federal University, Dutsinma, Katsina State with a sinister attempt to abduct a large number of farmers and women.
“The swift response of the NSCDC operatives stationed in the university premises as part of the Safe School Initiative measures thwarted the planned sinister move of the bandits to kidnap farmers from neighbouring communities.
“The bandits, who were armed to the teeth, arrived on 10 motorcycles and initially abducted six people. But the swift response of the men of the NSCDC made it possible to rescue three women while the outlaws took away two men and one boy from Yarrumfa village. “
In the meantime, the operatives of the NSCDC with the support of the local vigilante groups are currently combing the forest to rescue the abducted victims and rid the forest of the bandits.
The Commandant General has also ordered the Katsina State Command to collaborate with sister agencies and synergize with the university authorities, Nigeria Army and the police to work together to thwart any further planned attacks.