BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Police high command on Tuesday said its operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder, between June 5 and 19, 2019 have arrested a total of 32 kidnap suspects including four involved in the kidnap of the Chairman of UBEC, his daughter and the killing of his driver.
The Operation Puff Adder 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.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba said 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.
Mba said some of the gang members had fled following the death of their leader/Kidnap Kingpin, one Sumaila Sule a.k.a Shaho, who died on May 18, 2019 as a result of bullet injuries sustained during a shoot-out with Police Operatives.
DCP Mba also said 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, the Police Operatives within the period under review, arrested 28 other notorious kidnappers/armed robbers, including one Abubakar Umar a.k.a Buba Dogo.
The police spokesman said that investigation reveals that Abubakar Umar is a specialist in the kidnap of foreign nationals whom he keeps hostage until substantial ransoms are paid.
Mba also said; “Also, the Operatives have intercepted trucks conveying One thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventy Two (1972) bags of grains and Two Hundred and Eight (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.”
The Force spokesman said IGP Mohammed Adamu has noted the achievements recorded so far by the Operatives of Operation Puff Adder, adding that the feat would not have been possible but for the immense support and cooperation of the public.
The IGP reiterated that the support has come in a manner that clearly demonstrates the increasing determination of citizens to support the Police in restoring internal security.