The Kaduna State Police Command has given an insight into how an audio report on social media facilitated the escape of abductors of 37 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Naija News recalls that a large number of bandits had, on March 11, 2021, invaded the school premises along the Kaduna International Airport road opposite Nigeria’s foremost military university, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and made away with the students.
Few days later, the bandits released a video that went viral where they demanded N500m ransom for the students to be released.
However, the students were finally released in batches after over 50 days in the bandits’ den following the intervention of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.
The State Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige said on Thursday that, but for the viral audio on social media after arresting one of the suspects, operatives of the command, acting on a tip-off, would have arrested more suspects in connection with the abduction of the students.
Jalige explained that after the social media audio reports, other suspects ran away with many of them now at large.
He disclosed that one of the suspects involved in the kidnap of the 37 students was undergoing investigation in the command, adding that once done with the investigation, the suspect would be paraded and charged to court accordingly.
Speaking with newsmen, the PPRO said, “The suspect we arrested was not the only suspect we had wanted to arrest.
“He mentioned some names, but because of the social media (audio) that went viral, they have all ran away.
“So, far. I am only confirming to you that we have arrested the suspect and investigations are ongoing. As soon as we are done with investigation, we will let journalists know. We will issue a statement to that effect or we may parade him. Yes, a suspect has been arrested and he is currently undergoing investigation.”