By: Our reporter
The Nigeria Police Force has paraded three suspected kidnappers in connection with the abductions of 126 students of Bethel Baptist School, Kaduna.
The suspects, cladded in military uniform were paraded by police spokesman, CP Frank Mba Thursday in Abuja.
They are Isiaka Lawal, Muazu Abubakar, and Adamu Bello.
The suspects who confessed to the crime, revealed that they were 25-man gang that abducted the students.
According to Abubakar, 27, their desperate need for money propelled them to commit the crime.
According to Abubakar, “twenty five of us carried out the operation. We kidnapped 126 students and I got N100,000 share from the money.”
The Police high command’s anti-crime outfit, Special Tactical Squad (STS) led by DCP Yusuf Kolo also arrested a Nasarawa state born, fake Army Captain, Monday Akawu who specialised in stealing musical instruments from churches in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Akawu, 39 is said to be a member of a criminal syndicate that robbed more than 16 churches within Nyanya and Karu axis of the FCT.
He was paraded alongside his accomplice and buyer of the stolen church equipment, Joseph Orazulike, 35, resident of EFAB Estate, Maraba, Karu.
While parading the suspects, Mba said, the suspects have committed a “sacrilegious act” and thereby urged church leaders to provide “more security around their churches.”
The suspects, Akawu confessed that, he has participated in the burglary of at least 16 churches located in Nasarawa and some parts of Abuja. He also said most of the churches he robbed include The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM).
He further stated that, he usually dressed in Army uniform to beat security checks after each robbery.
According to him, “I am here because I stole from the church. I have so far stolen from sixteen churches, which includes Mountain of Fire and Redeemed Christian Church of God.
“When I break into a church, my boss taught me to bring those instruments out while a vehicle comes with Nigeria Army uniforms; I change into the uniform in order to bypass security on the road.
“I usually sell each piano keyboard between 60,000 to 90,000 naira depending on how neat they are.”
Monday is said to be an ex-convict who was jailed at Kuja Prison over a rape case while Joseph was also arrested for receiving stolen items.
Briefing newsmen further on some of the recent operations and investigative breakthroughs by operatives of the special Tactical squad in Abuja, the Force Spokesman said, a total of 50 suspects comprising of 48 male and two females were arrested.
The suspects, he said have been indicted for different offences ranging from murder, kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed robbery, car theft, illegal possessions of prohibited firearms, possession and distribution of illicit drugs among other offences established against them.
According to Mba, items recovered from the arrested suspects include: 26 assorted firearms, made up 13 AK 47 rifles, four soft machine guns, four locally made pistols, four dane guns among others.
Also recovered are 2, 701 live ammunition of AK 47, 20 live GPMG ammunition, 12 Piano Keyboard and other electronic appliances stolen from churches.
Mba revealed that, investigations conducted showed how Monday Akawu, the principal suspect has had a long pathway with crime.
The suspect, he explained has come to the “end of the road as the force would do everything possible within the law to ensure that he spent the remaining years in jail.”
This is as he urged Churches in Abuja and across the country to ensure physical security in and around the churches as investigation with the suspects indicated clear that the suspects considered the churches vulnerable and weak targets because they believe that they are no guards or security of any sort provided.
“We encourage church operators and leaders not just to provide human guards but also install cameras in their churches and ensure sufficient lighting in and around your churches.
“In addition, we are also calling on all church leaders in and around Abuja that might have been affected in recent time to visit STS office with means of identification to recover their stolen items.