BREAKING: Suspected bandit commander in Kaduna Catholic church attack arrested


By Kamsi Anayo

A suspected bandit commander,  Yakubu Saidu who allegedly orchestrated the September 2023 attack on St. Raphael Catholic Church in Kamantan, Zangon Kataf local government area of the State, has been arrested.

It would be recalled that the criminal elements during the attack razed the Priest’s home and also set a seminarian, Stephen Naaman on fire.

The spokesman of the state police command, ASP Mansir Hassan who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect was taken into custody at Zangon Urban on Friday due to diligent pursuit of the case.

He said, “In a commendable display of swift action and dedication to public safety, the Kaduna State Police Command, under the leadership of Commissioner, CP Ali Audu Dabigi, has successfully apprehended a notorious kidnapper, Yakubu Saidu, also known as Ismail ‘M’ who was involved in Banditry, Culpable homicide and mischief by fire.

“On Sept. 7, 2023, at approximately 2030hrs, the Officer in Charge of Fadan Kamanta, Zonkwa, alerted authorities of a distressing situation at St. Raphael Catholic Church, Kamantan, where suspected kidnappers had launched an attack.

“Despite the urgency of the situation, police operatives, in collaboration with military personnel, swiftly mobilized to the scene. Regrettably, the suspects had already set ablaze the priest’s residence before the arrival of the security personnel.

“Despite the valiant efforts, one seminarian, Stephen Naaman, tragically lost his life in the inferno and property worth millions of naira, including a Honda vehicle and a motorcycle, were consumed by the fire.

“Due to diligence and the tireless pursuit of the issue by the police, on March 22, 2024, one Yakubu Saidu, the alleged mastermind and leader of the notorious kidnapping gang, was apprehended and he confessed to his involvement in the heinous crime.

“The Commissioner of Police commends the police operatives for the swift and effective response to the distress call. Their dedication and bravery are a testament to their commitment to protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Kaduna state.

“The Kaduna State Police Command reassures the public of its unwavering resolve to combat crime and ensure the safety and security of all residents,” Hassan said.


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