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The Ekiti State police command yesterday said eight persons believed to be involved in the abduction of five pupils and four staff members from the Apostolic Faith Church Primary and Secondary School in Emure had been arrested.

The state police command spokesperson, Sunday Abutu confirmed the arrest in a statement on Thursday.

The arrests were carried out in Ekiti and Ondo forests by a joint team of security operatives. The suspects, currently under investigation, were found in possession of three cutlasses, an axe, a dagger, a cow, and various food items.

The statement partly reads: “During an operation through Emure Forest, Ise/Ogbese Forest to Emure-Ile Forest in Ondo State, eight suspects were arrested – Yaya Sumaila, Idrisu Abubakar, Hassan Abdulahi, Abdullahi Abdullahi, Haruna Abubakar, Usman Abdullahi, Haruna Sule, including one Babusa Alhaji Lede,  who was arrested inside Ayedun/ Ayebode Ekiti forest in Ikole.

“The suspects are being investigated and are giving credible information that can lead to the arrest of other fleeing suspects.”

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