AFRICA/NIGERIA – Arrest of the alleged murderers of the seminarian burned alive

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AFRICA/NIGERIA – Arrest of the alleged murderers of the seminarian burned alive

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – The alleged murderers of Stephen Na’aman, the seminarian burned alive throughout the September 7 assault on the St. Raphael parish in Fadan Kamantan, within the diocese of Kafanchan, within the state of Kaduna, within the north of Nigeria (see Fides, 8/9/2023) have been captured. The eight suspects had been arrested by the Operation Protected Haven (OPSH) particular army job pressure. The spokesperson for this pressure, Captain James Oya, declared that these arrested are suspected not solely of the assault on the Catholic parish and the dying of the seminarian, but additionally of the dying of Dorathy Jonathan, killed on 1 September within the village of Afana, in Zango Kataf.
The bandits had attacked the parish in an try to kidnap the 2 clergymen who labored there. Unable to take action, they began the hearth wherein the younger seminarian died. Based on the army spokesperson, “the speedy response of our troops made it doable to avoid wasting Reverend Father Emmanuel Okolo and Noah Monday, the parish priest and his assistant” from the tried kidnapping. “In all, now we have eight suspects in our custody who’ve been arrested for committing the aforementioned crimes and working an arms manufacturing manufacturing facility within the space,” the captain mentioned. Throughout the operation which led to the arrest of the suspects, 31 weapons of various classes had been recovered. These embody three regionally manufactured AK-47 rifles, 10 regionally manufactured pistols, 5 regionally manufactured AK-47 rifles, 9 revolvers, three regionally manufactured machine weapons, 7.62 particular ammunition mm and machine instruments. In Nigeria, along with smuggled weapons, hand-made weapons by unlawful gunsmiths are more and more widespread. They’re able to replicating not solely widespread firearms (revolvers and shotguns), but additionally army weapons akin to AK-47s, the notorious Kalashnikov, and their ammunition, in addition to explosive units. In February this yr, Nigeria’s arms management middle recovered hundreds of unlawful firearms, together with machine weapons and rocket launchers. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 2/10/2023)



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