Three suspects arrested in kidnapping more than 100 students in an attack on a school in Nigeria

The Nigerian authorities carried out the arrests of three people suspected of being involved in the kidnapping in early July by security forces.

Nigerian police spokesman Frank Aba said in a statement that the three suspects were part of a group of 50 “alleged criminals” arrested during Operation Restore Peace, which also confiscated 27 firearms and ammunition . according to the Nigerian newspaper ‘The Premium Times’.

Three suspects arrested in kidnapping more than 100 students in an attack on a school in Nigeria
Three suspects arrested in kidnapping more than 100 students in an attack on a school in Nigeria

As a result, he has pointed out that these three people, identified as Ishaku Lawal, Muazu Abubakar and Adam Bello, are “prime suspects” in the kidnapping of students at the Bethel Baptist Institute in Maraban Damishi, while pointing out that Abubakar was the one responsible for monitoring the facilities and preparing the attack.

The kidnapping took place in the context of an attack on the school mentioned on July 5th, in which 121 students were kidnapped, of which around 20 are still in the hands of their kidnappers. The releases were made after the parents paid the ransom, although the authorities have not yet made a decision on this point.

Kaduna is one of the most severely affected states in the country by criminal groups and the kidnapping of hundreds of students. Their communities, like those of other states further north, have been the scene of constant attacks by bandits, which, despite the use of police and military agents, continued without a discount.

The attacks in Nigeria, previously concentrated in the north-east of the country, where Boko Haram and its spin-off Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) had been operating to other areas in the north and north-west in recent months, raised alarms for possible expansion of these terrorist and criminal networks.

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