Police have announced the killing of a 31 year old Sumaila Sule, popularly called in crime world as Shaho after a deadly shootout with police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder in Kaduna state.
Shaho, who is a native Rijana village in Kachia LGA of Kaduna state was one of the masterminds of the kidnapping recently, of the chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) along Abuja- Kaduna road.
A statement today, Sunday, by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, said that Shaho and his gang has been responsible for terrorizing citizens in Kaduna and its environs.
The statement said that the shootout between the kidnappers and police took place in yesterday, Saturday evening, at the outskirts of Rijana village.
“The police operatives, in line with the mandate of Operation Puff Adder, were carrying out routine surveillance and raid of suspected criminal hide-outs, when they suddenly came under gun fire attack from a heavily armed criminal gang. The police team fought back gallantly, repelling the attack and eventually bringing SHAHO down, whilst his gang members fled. SHAHO was rushed to hospital, where he eventually died the next day.”
The statement said that acting on information elicited from the suspect before his death, its operatives carried out sweeping follow-up operations at different target locations between yesterday and today, leading to the arrest of four other members of his gang and the recovery of three AK 47 rifles.
It gave the names of arrested gang members as 26 year old Musa Hassan, 25 year old Yau Umar, 22 year old Umar Musa and 28 year old Muhammad Sani, all of them natives of Rijiana Village Kachia LGA Kaduna State.
“Shaho and his gang members have been on the radar of the intelligence community for a while, as they have been implicated in several high level kidnappings and other heinous crimes along Kaduna-Abuja road and beyond.”