Sumaila Sule, who allegedly orchestrated the kidnap of the chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has been killed.
A statement from the police force public relations officer, Frank Mba, says the suspect, alias Shaho, a native of Rijana village in Kachia 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 he died in the early hours of Saturday, 18th May, following multiple bullet wounds he sustained during a deadly shootout with police operatives attached to operation Puff Adder.
The statement adds that the shootout took place in the evening of 17th May 2019, at the outskirts of Rijana village.
According to Mba, 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 gunfire 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 the hospital, where he eventually died the next day.
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 which led to the arrest of four other members of his gang and the recovery of three AK 47 rifles.