Police arrests kidnappers of UBEC Chairman, 34 others


Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder arrested a total of Thirty-two (32) kidnap suspects between June 5 and June 19 2019.

Among the suspects were men involved in the abduction of UBEC Chairman, his daughter and the killing of his driver.

The arrest of the four (4) suspects is sequel to the massive manhunt launched to apprehend the fleeing members of the kidnap gang involved in the kidnap of UBEC Chairman,” Police spokesperson, Frank Mba revealed in a statement.

It would be recalled that some gang members had fled following the death of their Gang Leader/Kidnap Kingpin, one Sumaila Sule a.k.a Shaho, who died on 18th May, 2019 as a result of bullet injuries sustained during a shoot-out with Police Operatives.

The statement adds that, “Police Operatives, within the period under review, have following raids of criminal hideouts in Kainji, New Bussa, Mariga Bangi and Charagi in Niger and Kwara State respectively and Birnin Yero forest along Birnin Gwari, Garu Rahama, Gaidan Gaya in Kaduna State, arrested twenty (28) other notorious kidnappers/armed robbers, including one Abubakar Umar a.k.a Buba Dogo.

Investigation revealed that Abubakar Umar is a specialist in the kidnap of foreign nationals whom he keeps hostage until substantial ransoms are paid.

Eleven AK47 Rifles, Two Pump Action Guns, Three Locally Made Pistols, Twelve Dane Guns, and Two Revolver Pistols were recorvered by the police during the various excercises.

Other items recovered from the criminals include, Ten Live Cartridges, Seventy-seven Live Ammunition and Two Volkswagen vehicles.

Also, the Operatives intercepted trucks conveying One thousand, 1,972 bags of grains and 208 bags of beans to Bandits’ hideout in a Forest in Zamfara State.

The statement also quotes the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu thanking the general public for theri support and cooperation saying the achievements recorded so far in Operation Puff Adder would not have been possible without them.

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