The long arm of the law has caught up with three of the criminal masterminds behind the abduction of over 100 students of Bethel Baptist school, Kaduna State.
The criminals were arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police and were paraded on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba at the headquarters of defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in Abuja.
Specifically, the information made available to Naija News in a statement on Thursday which detailed the development, revealed that the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Special Tactical Squad (STS).
The three suspects identified as Adamu Bello, Ishaku Lawal, and Muazu Abubakar told journalists on ground that 25 of them executed the abduction of the students.
Speaking on why they kidnapped the students, the suspects, dressed in military camouflage, confessed it was because of money.
“Twenty-five of us carried out the operation. We kidnapped 136 students and I got N100,000 share from the money,” 27-year-old Abubakar who is the principal suspect said.
The Police statement further revealed how Abubakar carried out surveillance of the Bethel school and strategized with his other gang members before they attacked and abducted the students.
According to one of the suspects identified as Ishaku Lawal, one Ahmadu a.k.a Yellow provided the firearms and ammunition they used for the operation.
Investigations into the case is still ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court after the investigation is completed.
Meanwhile, it will be recalled that some of the abducted students have regained freedom from their kidnappers while efforts are ongoing to ensure the safe return of others.
The students were abducted by the terrorists on July 5 from their school premises in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
In a related development, Police also arrested three (3) members of a gang that specialized in the theft of musical instruments from churches.
The suspects told the Polic during interrogation that they’ve broken into over fifty (50) churches.
The suspects include one Monday Akawu ‘m’ 39yrs who impersonates personnel of the Nigerian Army to enable the gang move the stolen items to their intended criminal receivers and Joseph Orazulike ‘m’ 35yrs who is a receiver of the stolen items.
Over thirty (30) specialized musical equipment and other electronic gadgets stolen from different churches were recovered from the suspects.