Police authorities in Zamfara say they have rescued 24 people abducted by bandits in Shinkafi and Tsafe Local Government Areas of the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ayuba Elkana, disclosed this while briefing reporters on Tuesday at the command headquarters in Gusau, the state capital.
He explained that among those rescued by the security operatives were five students, including a student of the Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda.
Elkana identified the four other students as pupils of the Government Day Secondary School, Birnin Yero in Shinkafi LGA, who were abducted on their way back from writing the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
According to him, police tactical operatives rescued the abducted victims from different locations in the state.
The police commissioner added that operatives deployed to the Gusau Tsafe – Funtua Road rescued 11 passengers who were abducted by bandits while travelling at night in two vehicles.
He warned motorists to desist from entering the state at night, saying the order of the state government restricting the movement of passengers in and outside the state at night remained.
The Commissioner for Information in Zamfara, Ibrahim Dosara, received the abducted victims from the police on behalf of the state government.
Dosara gave an assurance that the state government would ensure security around schools to protect the students in the state.