The students in captivity.
Security operatives attached to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team ( IRT) have arrested one of the bandits who invaded Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Akfaka, in Kaduna State, in March.
The suspect is said to be one of those who masterminded and carried out at least four abductions, including that of 37 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, on March 11 2021.
The students were released after 55 days in captivity and about N15 million paid as ransom.
The security agents had stormed Askolaye community in Kaduna South Local Government Area on Sunday after tracking the suspect for weeks.
It was learnt that the suspect had arrived the community almost two months ago and rented a house with the intention of enrolling his two step children in an Islamic school.
A source said the suspect’s wife, whose father and husband, were killed by bandits did not know her current husband was a criminal and had led the operation that killed her late father and husband.
“After he killed her husband, he now returned and married her then adopted her children both less than seven years old. She didn’t know all these until when he was arrested and confessed before her during interrogation. He also confessed to be part of those who carried out several school abductions including that of Afaka students,” the source said.
It was further gathered that the unfortunate woman was taken in for questioning by the Police but has been released.
Meanwhile, the suspect’s house at ring road in Layin Dahiru Bauchi is now under lock and key
Another source said he had claimed to come from Ilorin, Kwara State, and had relocated his family to enroll them in school.
“He told us his name is Abubakar, we don’t know if that is his real name, but he was introduced to us by a tailor friend who lives in Badarawa. But the tailor friend has now told security agents that his relationship with the suspect is based on the fabrics he brings to him to sew as he had no idea that the suspect was into banditry.”
The Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige,an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) who confirmed the development said
but for a viral audio on social media after the arrest, the operatives who acted on credible information, would have arrested more suspects in connection with the abduction of the students.
The image maker explained that after the social media audio reports, other suspects ran away.
“Many of the suspects are at large now,” he said.
The students after they regained their freedom.