The Kaduna state police command has confirmed the arrest of two persons suspected to be the masterminds of the abduction of 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna state.
According to the Public Relations officer of the command, Mohammed Jalige, the two suspects were arrested around Askolaye area of Nnamdi Azikiwe bypass in Kaduna metropolis on Tuesday.
The PPRO said on Thursday that if not for an audio recording that went viral on social media, more suspects would’ve been arrested in connection to the Afaka students kidnap.
He said the audio on social media made other suspects to run away and were now at large.
According to him, “one of the suspects involved in the kidnap of the 37 students is undergoing investigation in the command. Once done with investigation, the suspect will be paraded and charged to court accordingly.”
“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.”
Earlier, an audio in Hausa that went viral on social media platforms,had a woman explaining that security operatives have raided a residence at the Asikolaye area of Kaduna and arrested one of the masterminds of the kidnap of 37 Afaka students in Match, 2021.
She said the suspect who lived a flamboyant life, had newly relocated to the community, with a new wife.
It was alleged that the suspect had confessed to killing the husband of his new wife before he married her and adopted her children.