Reverend Father Emmanuel Uche Okolo, the Chancellor of the Kafanchan Diocese of the Catholic Church has confirmed that only three seminarians of the Christ the King Major Seminary, housed in the St. Albert Institute in Kagoro were abducted on Monday night by suspected bandits.
In a memo he wrote to the Catholic Bishops Council of Nigeria and other stakeholders, he said a headcount a day after the abduction showed only three persons were unaccounted for.
Recall that armed suspected bandits had stormed the school in Fayit Kagoro in the southern part of Kaduna on Monday evening.
Meanwhile, the Police has announced the arrest of two alleged abductors of a Catholic Priest, and recovery of sophisticated weapons, as well as how family members lure others to be kidnapped.
The Police Team arrested one 43 years old Abubakar Haliru of Zaria LGA in Kaduna State, who lured his cousin, one Binta Mohammed and handed her over to his kidnap gang members in Galadimawa forest in Kaduna State. Fortunately, Binta narrowly escaped from the kidnap gang and thereafter contacted the Police before her eventual rescue. Investigations revealed that Haliru and his gang members are in the habit of taking advantage of family ties to deceive and abduct family members.
According to Force Police Public Relations Officer (FPPRO), Police Commissioner Frank Mba, in a statement, the Nigeria Police Force Intelligence Response Team (IRT) arrested two suspects in connection with the abduction of a Catholic Priest in Kagarko LGA of Kaduna State.
The male suspects, 21 years old Abubakar Usman and 28 years old Salisu Abdullahi, Mba said, were arrested by the Police team “following intense intelligence-led operations to unravel, arrest and bring to book, the criminal gang responsible for a series of related high-profile kidnap operations in Kaduna State.”
He adds, “Investigations by the Police Team revealed how the arrested principal suspects masterminded and led other gang members to carry out the dastardly act. One (1) GPMG and three (3) AK47 rifles were recovered from the suspects while effort is still ongoing to arrest other members of the gang.”
Mba also gave a breakdown of recent arrests by the Police: “Similarly, the Police arrested three (3) ex-convicts, Abel Nanfa, ‘m’ 23 yrs, Nankum Wazhi, ‘m’ 32 yrs, and Jonah Patrick, ‘m’ 25 yrs, in Plateau State for their involvement in armed robbery, kidnapping and car theft within the Jos metropolis. Investigations revealed that the suspects, after serving their jail term, returned to their nefarious activities before nemesis caught up with them. The suspects were arrested while trading a Toyota Corolla vehicle which they snatched at gun point from one of their victims in Jos. One (1) AK47 rifle, one (1) berretta pistol and twenty-one (21) rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the suspects….
“A total of forty-seven (47) suspects were arrested in the various operations, while exhibits recovered include: One (1) GPMG, twenty-two (22) sophisticated firearms and weapons of different calibre, five hundred and twenty-five (525) ammunition, one (1) hacksaw, and mobile phones were recovered from the suspects.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba… has assured the nation that the Force will remain committed to cracking down on criminal networks, mopping-up illicit weapons in the hands of criminal elements and generally working toward enhancing public safety in the country. The IGP also urged citizens to continue to provide useful information to the police to aid in the crime fighting efforts.
“All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigations.”