•Arrest seven others
The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) says its Operatives of Operation Puff Adder has killed one Sumaila Sule, alias SHAHO, the kidnapping kingpin and notorious armed robber, who recently masterminded the kidnap of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Chairman along Abuja- Kaduna road.
The suspect died in the early hours of Saturday following multiple bullet wounds he sustained during a deadly shootout with the Operatives on Friday evening.
This was disclosed in a statement signed and issues by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.
Mba said the suspest estimated be in his mid thirties and a native of Rijana village in Kachia LGA of Kaduna state is one of the most vicious and most wanted kidnappers that has been terrorizing citizens in Kaduna and its environs.
He said, “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,” Mba said.
The spokesperson further revealed that the deceased gave credible intelligence to the police Operatives before his death which led to the arrests of four of his gang members and recovery of weapons.
Mba said, “acting on information elicited from the suspect before his death, police operatives, between the 18th and 19th of May 2019, carried out sweeping follow-up operations at different target locations.
“These coordinated operations led to the arrest of four other members of SHAHO’s gang and the recovery of three (3) AK 47 rifles.
“The arrested gang members include: MUSA Hassan 26yrs, Yau Umar 25yrs, Umar Musa 22yrs and Muhammad Sani 28yrs , all males and natives of Rijiana Village Kachia LGA Kaduna State,” he said.
He added, “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.”
In a similar vein, the spokesperson further informed that a combined team of Operation Puff Adder operatives, comprising of the IGP Response Team, the Technical Intelligence Unit, the Police Mobile Force and the Special Anti Robbery Squad arrested another set of kidnappers who have been terrorizing citizens at Mubi axis of Adamawa state.
Mba said one AK 47 rifle and twenty six rounds of live ammunition were recovered from the gang.
“The suspects arrested are: Umaru Ibrahim native of Yadi Buni, Yobe State ; Abdul Maina native of Maiha Adamawa State and Mohammed Abubakar native of Buni Yadi Yobe State.
“The suspects have all confessed to participating in numerous kidnapping and armed robbery operations within Adamawa State, including the kidnap and collection of a ransom of seven million naira from one Mallam Abdulahi Umoru of Hong L.G.A.”
Mba informed thatInvestigations into these cases are on-going, while efforts aimed at arresting other members of the gangs still at large are being intensified.
He said the IGP, Mohammad Adamu while commending police operatives for their gallantry, reassured Nigerians that the war against crimes and criminality will soon be won.
The IGP called for continuous support for the police and other law enforcement agencies, promising that the security agencies will not rest on their oars till normalcy is restored in every part of Nigeria.