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Man Who Kidnapped Buhari’s Political Strategist Killed



The kidnap kingpin who masterminded the kidnap of President Muhammadu Buhari’s key political strategist, Muhammad Mahmood has been killed.

Sumaila Sule, alias Shaho, who was believed to be in his mid thirties died early on Saturday following multiple bullet wounds he sustained during a deadly shootout with police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder. 
Sule reportedly led the gang that kidnapped Mahmood, chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC. He was a key member of the strategy team that ushered Buhari’s political transformation ahead of the 2015 presidential election.

The shootout took place in the evening of 17th May 2019, at the outskirts of Rijana village. The police operatives, responded when they suddenly came under gun fire attack from Sule and members of his gang as the police approached their hideout in the bush.

The police response brought Shaho down while other members of his gang fled. He was, however, taken to the hospital where he revealed information that led to the arrest of four members of his gang.

Three AK rifles were also recovered from them according to a police bulletin.

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.

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, 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 have arrested another set of kidnappers who have been terrorizing citizens at Mubi axis of Adamawa state. One AK 47 rifle and twenty six (26) 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.

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