The Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), of the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, says it has arrested three suspects in connection with the kidnap of six students of Model College, Igbonla, Lagos.
Ibrahim Idris said the suspects were arrested on Tuesday in Benin, the Edo state capital.
According to an assistant commissioner of police, Abba Kyari, the 3 suspects arrested have been involved in various kidnap incidents Nigeria.
“Three of the militant kidnappers, who left the creek and came to Benin to visit one of their members that was injured in a recent gun battle with security agents, were arrested by IRT in Benin.
“The suspects are Stanley Yomi Irabomini, 25, aka Powei from Ovia South LGA of Edo State; Egelu Endurance, aka Jubby, 25, a native of Abere town in Ovia South L.G.A Edo; and Bentel Endurance, 24, also from Ovia South LGA Edo State.
Kyari said the suspects have confessed to having participated in the kidnapping of prominent personalities in Ogun and Lagos state.
“The suspects claimed they came to Benin to see their injured colleague and relax for a while before going back to the creek.”
Kyari said that efforts to arrest remaining gang members and rescue the school children was in progress.
The students were abducted at around 5 a.m. last Thursday by unknown gunmen, who arrived through a creek behind the school. The hoodlums broke through the school’s fence to gain access to the premises.
The incident occurred 7 months after gunmen kidnapped two teachers and four pupils of the same school. The victims were later freed.