Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder have arrested 32 kidnap suspects including four that were involved in the kidnap of UBEC Chairman, his daughter and the killing of his driver.
A statement today, June 19, by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba said that 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.
The statement said that the arrest of the four suspects is sequel to the massive manhunt launched to apprehend the fleeing members of the kidnap gang involved in the kidnap of UBEC Chairman.
The police 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 May 18 as a result of bullet injuries sustained during a shoot-out with the operatives.
The Police Operatives also announced that 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, have arrested 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.”
“The Operatives have intercepted trucks conveying 1,972 bags of grains and 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.”