Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder have between 5th June, 2019 and today, 19thJune, 2019 arrested a total of Thirty-two (32) kidnap suspects including 4 suspects involved in the kidnap of UBEC Chairman, his daughter and the killing of his driver.
The Operatives also recovered Eleven (11) AK47 Rifles, Two (2) Pump Action Guns, Three (3) Locally Made Pistols, Twelve (12) Dane Guns, Two (2) Revolver Pistols, Ten (10) Live Cartridges, Seventy-seven (77) Live Ammunition and Two (2) Volkswagen vehicles.
The arrest of the four (4) suspects was as a result of the massive manhunt launched to apprehend the fleeing members of thegang involved in the kidnap of UBEC Chairman.
It would be recalled that some suspected kidnappers had fled following the death of their Gang Leader/Kidnap Kingpin, one Sumaila Sule a.k.a Shaho, who died on 18th May, 2019 as a result of bullet injuries sustained during a shoot-out with Police Operatives.
Similarly, Police Operatives have arrested twenty (28) other notorious kidnappers/armed robbers, including one Abubakar Umar a.k.a Buba Dogo,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,
Police investigation revealed that Abubakar Umar was a specialist in the kidnap of foreign nationals whom he kept hostage until substantial ransoms were paid.
Also, the Operatives 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. Police said the arrest will cut-off food supply and hopefully neutralize the susoects stronghold in their camps.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police has observed that the achievements recorded so far by the Operatives of Operation Puff Adder would not have been possible but for the immense support and cooperation of the public.
He reiterated that the support has come in a manner that clearly demonstrated the increasing determination of citizens to support the Police in restoring internal security.