Three months after the murder of a Catholic Seminarian, Nnadi Michael, in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State, the suspected killers have been arrested by the police.
POLITICS NIGERIA recalls that Michael of the Catholic Good Shepherd Major Seminary was abducted on January 9, 2020, while a criminal gang stormed the Catholic Seminary and kidnapped four seminarians.
It was gathered that they murdered one of them in cold blood and released the remaining three on 31st January 2020, having obtained a ransom.
The remains of the fourth Seminarian were found in a bush thereafter.
In a statement issued by the force spokesperson, Frank Mba on Sunday morning, the operatives have arrested a deadly criminal gang responsible for the kidnap and murder of Mr Michael.
The suspects: Tukur Usman ‘m’ aged 37, father of 7, Shehu Bello ‘m’ aged 40, father of 5 and Mustapha Mohammed ‘m’ aged 30, father of 1, all of Igabi LGA of Kaduna State were arrested after several months of intensive and extensive intelligence-led operations by crack detectives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
Mr Mba stated that discreet investigations revealed that the arrested suspects are part of a 19-man gang that also carried out the kidnap of Dr Phillip Ataga’s wife and two daughters on January 24, 2020 at Juji Community in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.
“Mrs Ataga was killed by the gang following her heroic resistance to the despicable and inhuman attempt by the leader of the gang to rape her. The suspects after killing her released the daughters and corpse of the slain woman to the family after collecting ransom.”
“Further investigations reveal that the same criminal gang is responsible for the kidnap of six students and two teachers of Engravers College, Chikun LGA, Kaduna, from their school premises on October 3, 2019,” He added.
According to him, the suspects are known to belong to a hybrid terrorist criminal network causing untold havoc in North-Central, Nigeria.
They have confessed to several other random operations along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway where they kidnapped, killed and robbed motorists, collecting ransom and valuables running into millions of naira, the spokesperson stated.
He, however, announced that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has assured the nation that the Force will not rest until the other members of the gang also responsible for the above crimes, but currently on the run, are apprehended and brought to book.