The police force headquarters in Abuja has announced the arrest of one of suspects responsible for the kidnapping of the Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar and his daughter, Yesmin Mohammed.
The father and daughter who were kidnapped yesterday, Monday along the Abuja-Kaduna highway have since been released and undergoing medical investigations in an undisclosed hospital.
In a statement today, Tuesday, Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said that one suspect has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping, while investigations aree ongoing to apprehend other members of the gang.
Frank Mba said that one AK-47 riffle was recovered from the suspect who is currently in custody.
“Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar, the Chairman of UBEC and his daughter, Yesmin Mohammed, who were kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna expressway have been released.
“Meanwhile, one male suspect has been arrested in connection with the crime. One AK 47 rifle also recovered. Investigation into the incident is on-going.”
Mahmood’s driver was killed in the operation along Kaduna-Abuja road.
There has been no information about other commuters who were abducted by the bandits.
Armed bandits have taken over the Kaduna – Abuja Expressway which has been deserted by travellers following the deadly activities of the criminals which include kidnapping and armed robbery.
Despite the massive deployment of security personnel along the highway, bandits have continued to operate in the most daring manner, killing and abducting people plying the road.
The road has been deserted by many commuters who now travel to and from Kaduna by train.