The Kaduna State Police Command on Friday confirmed the arrest of two suspects in connection with the abduction of a Kaduna based Islamic scholar.
Ahmad Algarkawy was abducted Thursday armed men on motorcycles at his farm in Kaduna.
The police said the farm was located at Maguzawa village in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.
The arrest was contained in a statement signed by the command spokeseprson, Muktar Aliyu, and made available to journalists.
According to him, when police officers arrived the scene after a distress call was gotten, the hoodlums had already escaped with the victim.
“Kaduna Police command wishes to categorically state that, on 02/8/2018 at about 1340hrs a distress call was received that one Malam Ahmad Garko popularly known as ‘Al-Garkawy’ went to his farm in Maguzawa village, Igabi LGA of Kaduna State was unfortunately intercepted by unknown armed men on motorbikes, alongside two others.
”On receipt of the call, teams of policemen immediately mobilised to the area but the hoodlums escaped with the victims. However, tactical units have been deployed. Two persons were so far arrested in connection of the case. Rescue mission remains the utmost priority. Investigation in progress,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Council of Imams and Ulamas, Kaduna State chapter, also released a statement Friday calling on the scholars abductors to release him.
The scholars urged the federal government to ”with immediate effect bring an end to kidnappings and other crimes in the country”.
The statement was signed by the council’s spokesperson, Abdullai Maikudi.
“The Council of Imam and Ulamas condemn in stronger terms the abduction of Shaikh Ahmad Algakawy and his students by some unknown terrorists. We call on federal government to bring an end to these bad eggs in the society with immediate effect,” the statement said in part.