The Police Command in Kaduna State has announced the arrest of three men suspected of participating in the mass kidnapping of 121 female students from the Bethel Baptist School in the state.
This was disclosed by the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige on Friday.
1st News had reported that suspected bandits had attacked the Bethel Baptist School on Monday, July 5, 2021; after storming the school early Monday, around 2 am., shooting sporadically as they kidnapped the students.
Jalige disclosed that one of the arrested suspects watched the campus to determine the best time for the attack; which was carried out by the other members of the gang, armed with assault rifles. Further, he stated that a search of the homes of the suspects uncovered a cache of automatic rifles.
Equally important, the arrested suspects had disclosed that the purpose of the kidnapping was to demand cash ransom.
Jalige revealed that further investigations are ongoing in a bid to unmask other members of the gang; adding that the suspects would be charged to court after conclusion of investigations.
Meanwhile, a Magistrates’ Court in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on Friday discharged a minor charged with alleged murder and cultism.
Specifically, the Police charged the minor alongside Emmanuel Amaech 25; Obioma Jame, 24; Uchechukwu Daniel, 22; Kelechi Ogbonna, 18; Godswill Nwite, 49; Felix Maduabuchi, 24; Obinna Joseph 22 and Paulinus Oboko, 48 with five counts bordering on murder and cultism.
In her ruling, Magistrate Blessing Chukwu discharged the 16-year-old boy after hearing that he was not a party of the offence.
Chukwu ordered that the eight other defendants should be remanded in police custody. Further, she adjourned the matter until Friday, October 8, 2021 for further hearing.