By John Ikani
The kidnappers of Greenfield University students and Bethel Baptist High School students have been arrested by the Kaduna State Police Command.
The Kaduna Police Command’s Spokesman, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the development on Thursday while parading suspects at the command’s headquarters along Bida road in the state capital.
Jalige said one Usman Mohammed from Bukuyum in Zamfara State,was apprehended by operatives of the command in connection with the kidnap of the students.
While noting that 25 other suspects were arrested, Jalige added that illegal firearms, among others, were recovered.
What the police spokesperson said:
He said, “On the 29th August 2021 at about 0900hrs, based on credible information, Operation Yaki Surveillance team with FIB STS Force Headquarter, Abuja, jointly raided a house along Ring Road, Asikolaye area of Kaduna, where one Usman Abubakar, ‘m’ 41 years old, a native of Adakpa village, Bukkuyum LGA of Zamfara State, a notorious kidnapper terrorizing Chikun, Igabi and Giwa LGAs of Kaduna State, was arrested.
“He confessed to having kidnapped many people and collected several ransoms; he also has links with recent attacks on Greenfield University, Bethel Baptist Academy and School of Forestry Mechanisation, Mando, Kaduna.”
In case you missed it:
22 undergraduates of Greenfield University in Kaduna State were seized from their campus by gunmen in April. Five of them were killed by the captors, before the rest were released after their parents paid ransom.
Similarly, 121 students of Bethel Baptist High, Mararaba Damishi, Kaduna were abducted from their hostels by bandits on July 5, but some of them later escaped.
They were eventually released in batches, after parents of the school kids paid ransoms in tranches.