Sule, alias SHAHO, male, estimated be in his mid-30s and a native of Rijana village in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State, was described as one of the most vicious and most wanted kidnappers that has been terrorizing citizens in Kaduna and its environs.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, who revealed the information on Sunday in a statement said he died in the early hours of May 18, 2019 following multiple bullet wounds he sustained during a deadly shootout with police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder.
The shootout took place in the evening of May 17, 2019 on 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 hideouts 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.
Meanwhile, acting on information elicited from the suspect before his death, police operatives between May 18 and 19, 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 AK 47 rifles.
The arrested gang members include: Musa Hassan, 26; Yau Umar, 25; Umar Musa, 22; and Muhammad Sani, 28, all male and native of Rijiana Village.
Mba said 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 Expressway 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 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 N7 million from one Mallam Abdulahi Umoru of Hong LGA.
Investigations into these cases are ongoing, while efforts aimed at arresting other members of the gangs still at large are being intensified.
While commending police operatives for their gallantry, as well as selfless service to the nation and humanity, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has 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.