The Police Command in Zamfara on Friday confirmed that bandits had abducted two prospective corps members deployed from Benue to Kebbi and Sokoto states.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mohammed Shehu, disclosed this in a statement in Gusau.
Shehu said the police command received report of their abduction from the Zamfara State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Namalam Taura, in Gusau.
The PPRO said that the report indicated that two prospective corps members deployed from Benue to Kebbi and Sokoto States were among the persons who were abducted on the Tsafe-Gusau road on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at about 22.30 hours.
Shehu said that the command received the report on Friday, Oct. 22, when the Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Elkanah, visited the NYSC Orientation Camp at Tsafe, Tsafe Local Government Area (LGA).
He said that Elkanah had visited the NYSC orientation camp to assess the security arrangements put in place to ensure safety and security of the prospective corps members that would be in the camp for their two-week orientation.
“It would be recalled that on Oct. 19, 2021, at about 22:30 hours, a vehicle with registration number GBK 339 ZY was blocked by armed bandits along Tsafe- Gusau road, while travelling from Benue to Sokoto State.
“The vehicle was attacked when passing through Wanzamai Village in Tsafe LGA.
“And that resulted to the abduction of some passengers whose identities and number remained unknown,” he said.
Shehu said that the command had commenced investigations into the incident, with a view to establishing the actual number of persons abducted.
He said the command had deployed a team of security operatives on a search-and-rescue operation to rescue the victims.
The PPRO said that CP Elkanah had assured the NYSC coordinator and the corps members of the commitment of the police to proctecting their lives.
He said that the police commissioner, however, enjoined them to be security conscious and restrict their movement while in the camp.
Meanwhile, efforts to get details about the potential corps members who were kidnapped from the NYSC authorities proved abortive because of the suspension of mobile telecommunications services in Tsafe LGA.