Police arrest 4 abductors of UBEC chairman, 32 others

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Four kidnappers who participated in the abduction of the chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and his daughter, killing his driver have been arrested by police operatives attached to the Puff Adder operation.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba who made this known Wednesday, said the operatives arrested a total of 32 suspected kidnappers between June 5 and 19.  Mba said the operatives made recoveries of arms and ammunition as well as vehicles.

He revealed that the arrested of the four suspects followed a massive manhunt launched to apprehend the fleeing members of the kidnap gang involved in the kidnap of UBEC Chairman.

“Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder, between 5th June, 2019 and today, 19th June, 2019 arrested a total of 32 kidnap suspects including 4 involved in the kidnap of UBEC Chairman, his daughter and the killing of his driver. The Operatives also recovered 11 AK47 Rifles, Two Pump Action Guns, Three Locally Made Pistols, 12 Dane Guns, Two Revolver Pistols, 10 Live Cartridges, 77 Live Ammunition and Two Volkswagen vehicles.

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“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. 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.

“Similarly, the 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 States 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 reveals that Abubakar Umar is a specialist in the kidnap of foreign nationals whom he keeps hostage until substantial ransoms are paid.

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“Also, the Operatives have intercepted trucks conveying One thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy Two (1972) bags of grains and Two Hundred and Eight (208) bags of beans to Bandits’ hideout in a Forest in Zamfara State. This action, no doubt, will cut-off food supply and hopefully neutralize their stronghold in their camps,” he said.

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