Police in Nigeria say they have arrested two suspected ringleaders in connection with the abduction of more than 130 students from institutions in Kaduna state.
Security forces launched a nationwide crackdown on criminal gangs after the kidnapping of at least 17 students from Greenfield University, and 121 students from Bethel Baptist High School.
The hostages had been released after payments of ransom – but five of the university students were shot dead while in captivity.
Nearly 1,500 students have been abducted since December 2020 from schools, colleges and universities across northern Nigeria by armed gangs seeking ransom.
Perpetrators are rarely caught.