Bandits have invaded a residential area in Tsafe town and abducted five students of the College of Health Science and Technology, Tsafe, in Zamfara State.
According to reports, the incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday when heavily armed men stormed the residence outside the school campus adding that the bandits could not gain entrance to the school due to the heavy presence of security personnel.
Police authorities in Zamfara State have also confirmed the abductions saying the command has deployed troops to trail the bandits and rescue the victims unhurt.
This attack joins the long list of the kidnapping of students in Nigeria’s northwest region where banditry has gained roots.
In recent months, several schools in the area have been attacked with scores of students kidnapped but later released. Authorities have, however, denied paying ransom for the freed students.
As part of plans to tackle the rising insecurity some governments across the region last year introduced a string of measures including banning of sales of petroleum products in jerry cans and blockage of telecommunication services.
The Federal Government had also designated the bandits as terrorists as calls mount for more military actions against the criminals.
Despite efforts by the government, banditry is still on the rise and critics have accused authorities of being complacent in tackling the menace.