Police arrest killers of Catholic seminarian Nnadi Micheal 3 months after Kaduna attack
- Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the killing of a Catholic seminarian, Nnadi Michael
- Michael and three other seminaries were abducted on January 9 at Catholic Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Kaduna state
- The police authorities have also launched a massive manhunt for the fleeing suspects
Barely three months after the gruesome murder of a Catholic Seminarian, Nnadi Michael, of the Catholic Good Shepherd Major Seminary at Gonin Gora, Kakau in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state, police operatives have arrested three suspects.
Legit.ng reports that the Force public relations officer, Frank Mba, in a statement signed on Sunday, April 26, said that on January 9, 2020, the criminal gang stormed the Catholic seminary and kidnapped four seminarians, murdered one of them in cold blood and released the remaining three on January 31, having obtained a ransom.
The statement noted that the remains of the fourth seminarian were found in a bush where abandoned.
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Mba further noted that: "The suspects: Tukur Usman 'male' 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 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."
Mba said that further investigations revealed that the same criminal gang was responsible for the kidnap of six students and two teachers of Engravers College, Chikun LGA, Kaduna, from their school premises on October 3, 2019.
He stressed that the suspects, known to belong to a hybrid terrorist criminal network causing untold havoc in northcentral, 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.
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"The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni while reiterating that the Force will remain unrelenting in ensuring that crimes across the country are reduced to the barest minimum, assures the nation that the Force will not rest until the other members of the gang also responsible for the above crimes, but currently on the run, are apprehended and brought to book," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a female police sergeant at the Eneka Police Division, in Port Harcourt, was shot dead by another officer in Rivers state on Wednesday, April 22.
It was reported that the spokesperson for the River state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, identified the victim as Lovender Elekwachi.
The police spokesperson disclosed that the female police officer was shot while on traffic duty at the Eneka roundabout.
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