Police operatives have arrested a gang of suspects, for the kidnap and murder of a Catholic seminarian, Nnadi Michael and Bola Ataga, wife of a medical doctor in Kaduna State.
The arrest comes three months after the suspects invaded the Catholic Good Shepherd Major Seminary at Gonin Gora, Kakau, in Chikun Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
Frank Mba, the Force spokesperson, confirmed the arrest of the three suspects in a statement on Sunday.
The suspects are; Tukur Usman, 37, father of seven; Shehu Bello, 40, father of five, and Mustapha Mohammed, 30, a father of one, all of Igabi LGA area of the state.
Mba said during the attack at the Catholic seminary, which occurred on January 9, the suspects were said to have kidnapped four seminarians and murdered one of them.
The body of Michael was found in a bush where it was abandoned, while the remaining three were released on January 31, after a ransom was paid.
According to Mba, the suspects were arrested after several months of intensive and extensive intelligence-led operations by the crack detectives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
He said: “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,” the police spokesman added.
He disclosed that further investigation revealed that the same gang was responsible for the kidnap of six students and two teachers of Engravers College in Chikun LGA from their school premises on October 3, 2019.
Mba stated that the suspects, are known to belong to a hybrid terrorist criminal network causing untold havoc in the north-central region of the country.
He said they have also 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.”