President Bola Tinubu has directed security forces to rescue the recently abducted female students in Zamfara State.
Last week, bandits raided the Sabon-Gida hamlet in the Bungudu Local Government Area of North-West state and kidnapped around 24 students from the Federal University of Gusau, Zamfara.
While six of them were later freed, President Tinubu has directed security personnel to guarantee that those still held captive are rescued.
"President Bola Tinubu has directed security agencies to rescue the remaining female students of the Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State, who were recently abducted by terrorists," said presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale in a statement issued on Sunday.
"Condemning the heinous act of kidnapping, the President says there is no moral justification for such heinous crimes against innocent victims whose only 'crime' was their pursuit of quality education."
According to the presidential assistance, Tinubu expressed condolences to the families of those affected and repeated his government's commitment to "protect every Nigerian citizen, and in line with this commitment, assures the families of the abducted students that no effort will be spared in ensuring their safe return."
Tinubu has also pledged to "ensure that educational institutions remain sanctuaries of knowledge, growth, and opportunity, and totally free from the menacing acts of terrorists," the statement added.