Four months after the death of an 18-year old Catholic Seminarian, Nnadi Micheal, in Kaduna, the Nigerian Police says it has arrested the suspected killer.
The death of Nnadi sparked outrage in the country with Bishop Mathee Kukah leading a fierce criticism of the Federal Government over the killing.
Nnadi Micheal was kidnapped alongside three others at the Catholic Good Shepherd Major Seminary at Gonin Gora, Kakau in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.
Three of the kidnapped were however released on 31st January, 2020, having obtained a ransom but the remains of the fourth Seminarian was found in a bush.
The Police has however announced the arrests of three persons connected to the murder.
The suspects identified as 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.
The police stated that the culprits were arrested after several months of intensive and extensive intelligence-led operations by crack detectives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
“Discreet investigations so far reveal 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.
“The suspects, known to belong to a hybrid terrorist criminal network causing untold havoc in North-Central, Nigeria, 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.
Confirming the development, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, reiterated that the force will remain unrelenting in ensuring that crimes across the country are reduced to the barest minimum.
Adamu, therefore, assured Nigerians that the force will not rest until the other members of the gang are arrested.
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