Police kill mastermind of UBEC chairman’s kidnap

A man who allegedly masterminded the kidnap last month of the Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and his daughter along the Abuja- Kaduna road has been shot dead during a shoot-out with the police.

Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, said this on Sunday.

The suspect, Sumaila Sule, alias Shaho, estimated to be in his mid-thirties, was a native of Rijana village in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State.

The police described him as “one of the most vicious and most wanted kidnappers that has been terrorising citizens in Kaduna and its environs.”

Mr Mba said the suspect died in the early hours of Saturday, following multiple bullet wounds he sustained during the shootout with police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder.

UBEC Chairman, Mahmood Abubakar, regained freedom in April alongside his daughter.

Both were kidnapped along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

Mr Abubakar’s driver was shot dead during the encounter, which left their black Toyota SUV riddled with bullets.

The shootout took place in the evening of May 17 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,” Mba said on Sunday.