By Ajogwu Jerry
The Nigeria Police Force yesterday deleted the ringleader who masterminded the kidnap of the chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Mohammad Abubakar.
TheNigerian gathered he was killed during a shoot-out with policemen of Operation Puff Adder Squad.
Police Spokesman DCP, Frank Mba, in a statement, revealed that one of the suspects, Sumaila Sule, alias Shaho, a native of Rijana village in Kachia LGA of Kaduna state, was among the most wanted kidnappers terrorizing people in Kaduna and environs.
Mba said Shaho died in the early hours of May 18, following multiple bullet wounds he sustained during a shootout with police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder.
According to the Spokesman, the faceoff took place in the evening of May 17, at the outskirts of Rijana village, while policemen were on routine surveillance and raid of suspected criminal hide-outs.
He further disclosed that the policemen were suddenly attacked by a heavily armed criminal gang, adding that, the police team fought back repelling the attack and bringing Shaho down, whilst his gang members fled.
He said Shaho was rushed to a hospital, where he died the following day.
Mba said, acting on information gotten from the suspect before his death, police operatives, between May 18 and May 19, carried out sweeping follow-up operations at different target locations.
He said the coordinated operations led to the arrest of four other members of Shaho’s gang and the recovery of three AK 47 rifles.
He gave the names of the arrested gang members as Musa Hassan, Yau Umar, Umar Musa and Muhammad Sani, all natives of Rijiana Village.
The UBEC chairman and his daughter were kidnapped by gunmen on the Kaduna-Abuja Highway on April 29.