The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad Abdur-Rahman has said that kidnappers and other hoodlums who have turned the Abuja-Kaduna Highway to their haven for kidnap for ransom are only testing the collective will of Nigerians.
The police boss said this in a statement Monday, while reacting to the latest attack in the area, the kidnap of the chairman of Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC) Prof. Mohammad Mahmood and his daughter as well as the killing of the UBEC chairman’s driver during the attack.
He called on members of the public to assist the police by providing information that could lead to the arrest of the hoodlums.
The statement which was signed by the Kaduna State police command spokesman, DSP Yakubu Abubakar Sabo read in parts:
“Today 29/04/19 we received information through DPO Katari that at about 1530hrs, he got a distress call that Armed Men in military uniform intercepted a Land Cruiser Jeep with Reg. No 07E o4 FG and Toyota Sienna with Reg. No SLJ 465 TN at Kurmin Kare Village along Kaduna – Abuja Express Way, opened fire on the vehicles in the process the driver of the jeep was shot dead while the occupants; Dr. Muhammad Abubakar who is the chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and his daughter were kidnapped.
“The occupants of the sienna; one Alowonle Olalere and Onuka Victor both of Ibadan Oyo State were injured and rescued to Katari Police Station. They were said to be returning from Kano where they went to shoot a film titled ‘the last step’.
“Combined Teams of PMF Men, Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command, Special Forces and Operations Yaki were quickly mobilized to the area with a view to combing the bush for possible rescue of the victims and arresting the criminals. IGP’S IRT was also contacted for technical support in tracking the hoodlums. At the moment, the two vehicles were recovered to station.
“The Commissioner of Police CP Ahmad Abdur-Rahman appeals to members of the public to support the Police with relevant information that could assist in apprehending the perpetrators of this heinous act. He said the Command will not be deterred in its efforts to bring crime to the barest minimum in the State.
“CP Ahmad said the hoodlums are only testing our collective will and we cannot relent. Update follows in due course please”.