Gunmen have abducted five female students from the Federal University, Dutsinma in Katsina State, Nigeria. The incident was confirmed by the Katsina State Police Command, which also reported the arrest of a man suspected to be an informant to the terrorists.
As of Wednesday morning, no further details about the incident have been provided. The spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, ASP Abubakar Aliyu, confirmed the occurrence of the abduction and the subsequent arrest. He mentioned that law enforcement officers were already at the scene and handling the situation.
According to local residents, the abduction took place when terrorists invaded the private residence of the victims at approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday. Gunshots were fired indiscriminately during the attack.
It has been reported by some residents that all five of the kidnapped students were female and in their final year of study at the university.
Efforts to obtain comments from the university’s management regarding the incident have been unsuccessful. The university’s spokesman, Habib Umar, was reportedly engaged in a management meeting, and his phone went unanswered.
The main campus of the university appeared to have fewer students present than usual, possibly due to the ongoing first-semester examinations. In a related incident, a 200-level computer science and Information Technology student named Abubakar Barda lost his life during a brawl with other students over a female student. Presently, six students are in detention in connection with that incident.