The Police have nabbed three members of a criminal gang responsible for the kidnap and murder of a Catholic Seminarian, Nnadi Michael, of the Catholic Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Gonin Gora, Kakau in Chikun Local Government Area (LGA)of Kaduna State.
On January 9, 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 body of the fourth Seminarian was found in a bush where it was abandoned.
The suspects were arrested after several months of intensive and extensive intelligence-led operations by crack detectives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DSP Frank Mba ,said :” Discreet investigations so far revealed 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, 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 body of the slain woman to the family after collecting ransom.
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“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. 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.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, 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”.