Police Arrest Three Suspects Over Abduction Of 121 Kaduna Schoolchildren

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Adamu Bello, Isiaku Lawal, and Muazu Abubakar were paraded at the Special Tactical Squad office in Abuja on September 23, 2021. Channels Television/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The police have arrested three persons for their alleged involvement in the abduction of the 121 students of the Bethel Baptist Secondary School in Kaduna State.

Those apprehended by the security operatives are Adamu Bello, Isiaku Lawal, and Muazu Abubakar.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, paraded the trio on Thursday at the office of the Special Tactical Squad (STS) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Clad in military uniform, Adamu, Lawal, and Abubakar were among the 50 suspects paraded for kidnapping, drugs use and distribution, and arms dealing, among other offences.

Mba, in his remarks, explained that the suspects paraded were part of the successes recorded from the STS of the Nigeria Police.

According to him, investigations are ongoing to bring more collaborators of the crimes mentioned at the parade to justice.

In their confession, they narrated the role they played in the kidnap of dozens of students from their school in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.



A photo taken on September 23, 2021, shows some of the items recovered from suspects paraded at the Special Tactical Squad office in Abuja. Channels Television/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The suspects said they were part of a 25-man gang that carried out the attack on the school in July, claiming that they received the sum of N100,000 naira each for their roles.

They added that the sole aim of the kidnap was to collect ransom.

The trio were paraded more than three months after the gunmen forcefully took away the schoolchildren from their hostels on July 5.

They were later released in batches – as 28 of them were freed on July 25 after a ransom was reportedly paid to their abductors.

More students were later freed, and the latest set of students to be released were 10 (on Saturday) brings the total number of students who have regained freedom so far to 100.

However, 21 other students of the school are held back in the custody of the bandits.

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