The police on Tuesday announced the arrest of two suspected kidnappers who abducted an Islamic cleric, Mohammed Algarkawy, and killed four operatives of the Intelligence Response Team a few days later.
Mr Algarkawi, a resident of Kinkinau area of Kaduna State, was kidnapped on August 1 at his farm at Nariya, a community along Kaduna eastern bye-pass.
The suspects also confessed to being part of the gang that laid ambush and killed the policemen on August 12, while investigating the abduction of Mr Algarkawy.
The police recovered two AK 47 rifles from the suspects, Shafiu Abdullahi (gang leader) and Umar Suleiman aka Wada.
“These suspects were arrested after a gun battle with the operatives of the Special Tactical Squad on the 16th August, 2018.
“During exchange of fire Three (3) of the suspects were killed by the Team.
“The suspects confessed to be responsible for the kidnap of Sheik Mohammed Ahmed Algarkawi and collection N12million ransom.
“They also confessed to be members of gang that ambushed and killed four police men attached to IRT in Kaduna State.
“Investigation into the matter is being concluded and suspects will be arraigned in Court,” said a statement by spokesman for the Nigeria police, Jimoh Moshood.