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One Year After, Nigeria Police Arrest Suspected Kidnappers Of Greenfield Students

The kidnappers were reportedly arrested on Wednesday, May 18.

The Nigeria Police Force have arrested persons who allegedly perpetrated the kidnap of some school students at Greenfield University in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria

They are among 31 suspects connected with major violent crimes, including kidnapping, culpable homicide, rape, and unlawful possession of firearms among others. 

The police made this known in a statement on its official Twitter handle on Wednesday, May 18.

“The Force Intelligence Bureau Special Tactical Squad (FIB-STS) operatives following directives from the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, to clampdown on the perpetrators of crimes and criminality.

“The FIB-STS equally recovered a total of 61 firearms including 41 AK rifles, 8 Type 06 rifles, 4 Light Assault Rifles (LAR), 4 pump action guns, 2 locally made firearms, 1 G3 rifle, 1 dane gun, 376 rounds of live ammunition of different calibres, and cash sum of two million Naira, from the suspects in the course of investigations. 

“Prominent among the cases include a case of kidnapping where the duo of Aminu Lawal (aka Kano), and Murtala Dawu (aka Mugala),  both working in synergy with the kidnap kingpin known as Yellow Ashana, confessed to the kidnap and murder of two police officers and one vigilante in 2021. They equally confessed to the abduction of students from the Greenfield University in Kaduna State, and the murder of five victims before the payment of ransom, and eventual release of the others,” part of the Police statement read. 

HumAngle reported that 22 people, including 14 female students, six male students, and two female staff members, were abducted on Thursday, April 22, 2021, from Greenfield University, a private tertiary institution in Kaduna State. 

Days later,  five out of 22 students were killed by their abductors following the insistence of Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of the state, that ransom and negotiations would not be made with criminal elements.The remaining abducted students were released after their parents allegedly paid a huge ransom on May 29, 2021.

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Adejumo Kabir

Kabir works at HumAngle as the Editor of Southern Operations. He is interested in community development reporting, human rights, social justice, and press freedom. He was a finalist in the student category of the African Fact-checking Award in 2018, a 2019 recipient of the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence, and a 2020 recipient of the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award. He was also nominated in the journalism category of The Future Awards Africa in 2020. He has been selected for various fellowships, including the 2020 Civic Media Lab Criminal Justice Reporting Fellowship and 2022 International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) 'In The Name of Religion' Fellowship.

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