Zamfara state government has promised to do everything possible to secure the release of the abducted students and staff of the College of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Bakura.
Zamfara State Commissioner for Information Ibrahim Dosara, gave the assurance on Channels Television while reacting to a 30-second video clip of the abducted students which surfaced online on Wednesday.
The students, in the video, have begged Governor Bello Matawalle to pay the ransom demanded by their abductors.
In the video, the students and some of the female staff were seen squatting and blindfolded with the heavily armed men surrounding them.
One of the students, who spoke in Hausa, said:
“We are the students of the College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura that were abducted by the bandits.
“You can see the conditions we are in. They are threatening to kill us if the government does not produce the ransom in 24 hours. The bandits even took us to see the dead bodies of those they have killed.”
Dosara explained that a joint team of security agencies had begun a search and rescue operation.
A total of 20 people comprising 15 students, four staff, and a driver were abducted on Sunday night when bandits stormed the school.
During the attack, two watchmen and a police officer were killed.
Two days after the incident, the abductors demanded a ransom of N350 million before they would release their victims.