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Police nabs 3 suspects link to Kaduna schoolchildren abduction

By Idowu Abdullahi

The Nigeria Police Force has disclosed that it has arrested three suspects involved in the kidnap of over 100 students of Bethel Baptist School, in Maraban Damishi, Kaduna State.

It explained that the suspects who invaded the facility in the early hours of July 5 and kidnapped an unspecified number of students were arrested by operatives of the Special Tactical Squad (STS).

The Force Public Relations Officers, Frank Mba, who identified the suspects as Ishaku Lawal, Muazu Abubakar and Adam Bello said that they were key suspects involved in the abduction of students.

According to him, investigations by the Police team revealed how Muazu Abubakar a.k.a Datti ‘m’ 27years, the principal suspect, carried out surveillance of the Bethel school and strategized with his other gang members before they attacked and abducted the students.

“Ishaku Lawal who was also arrested in connection with the incident, revealed how Ahmadu a.k.a Yellow provided the firearms and ammunition they used for the operation,” the police spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday.

He added that one AK47 rifle was recovered from each of the suspects, noting that investigations into the case was still ongoing.

Furthermore, Mba stated the three were among the 50 notorious criminal suspects arrested for their involvement in different crimes including kidnapping, banditry, unlawful possession of firearms, trading in illicit drugs, amongst others.

According to him, twenty-six sophisticated firearms including 13 AK47 rifles, 4 SMGs, 4 locally made revolver rifles and 2720 ammunition of different calibre are some of the exhibits recovered from the suspects.

Also arrested, Mba said, was a prolific highway robbery syndicate that have been linked to about fifty (50) armed robberies along major highways in the South-West region of the country.

“The leader of the gang, one Mohammed Mode a.k.a Basullube from Gugu in Kwara State, revealed to the Police team how he masterminded and led other gang members, Abdullahi Mohammed from Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Musa Adamu from Otte Vilage, Kwara State and Abdullahi Ali from Orita Gambari in Oyo State, all within age bracket of 21 – 27 years, to carry out the series of highway robberies before their eventual arrest.

“Similarly, Police investigations into the recent spate of break-ins and theft in places of worship in the Federal Capital Territory and other contiguous States to the FCT, led to the arrest of three (3) members of a gang that specialized in theft of musical instruments from churches. The suspects revealed to the Police team how they broke into over fifty (50) churches.

“The suspects include one Monday Akawu ‘m’ 39yrs who impersonates personnel of the Nigerian Army to enable the gang move the stolen items to their intended criminal receivers and Joseph Orazulike ‘m’ 35yrs who is a receiver of the stolen items. Over thirty (30) specialized musical equipment and other electronic gadgets stolen from different churches were recovered from the suspects,” the statement added.

Reacting to the development, the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, charged the police operatives across the country to sustain the tempo in the ongoing operationalization of Operation Restore Peace in the country.

The IGP, who noted that the special operation is remarkably assisting in rolling back the negative trend of crimes in the country, commended Police officers for their gallantry.

Baba, while appreciating citizens for their support, reiterated that the force would intensify efforts toward improving public safety and security in the country, adding that all the suspects would be charged to court on completion of investigations.

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