Kidnapped UBEC Chairman, Daughter Regain Freedom

Kidnapped UBEC Chairman, Daughter Regain Freedom
A file photo of Dr Mohammad Abubakar.


The abducted Chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr Mohammad Abubakar, and his daughter have regained freedom.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

He added that the police arrested a suspect in connection with the kidnap and recovered a rifle.

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“Dr Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar, the Chairman of UBEC and his daughter, Yesmin Mohammed who were kidnapped yesterday along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway have been released,” Mba said.

He added, “One male suspect has been arrested in connection with the crime. One AK47 Rifle also recovered. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.”

Dr Abubakar and his daughter were kidnapped on the road by armed men dressed in military uniform on Monday evening.

Confirming the kidnap, the Kaduna State Police Command explained that the gunmen intercepted two vehicles, including a sports utility vehicle conveying the UBEC chairman around Kurmin Kare village.

In the process, the assailants shot the driver of the SUV dead and later whisked Abubakar and his daughter away to an unknown destination.

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Senator Shehu Sani (file)

Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central has described the kidnap of the Chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Mohammad Abubakar and his daughter by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers along the Kaduna-Abuja highway as tragic and unfortunate.

The gunmen who were dressed in military uniform intercepted two vehicles including a sports utility vehicle belonging to the UBEC chairman around Kurmin Kare village along the highway at about 3:30 pm on Monday, shot the driver dead, and later abducted the UBEC chairman and his daughter to an unknown destination.

Sani in a Facebook post on Monday urged the security agencies to intensify efforts to secure their release.

“The reported kidnapping of Dr Muhammad Abubakar Mahmud and his daughter and the killing of his driver along Abuja Kaduna road today is tragic and unfortunate.

“I call on the security agencies to jointly intensify efforts to secure their freedom. My heart goes to the victims and their families. May the soul of the deceased Rest in Peace.”

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Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdurahman, confirmed the incident in a statement and said that a combined team of Police Mobile Force, Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command, Special Forces and Operation Yaki have been mobilized to the area with a view to combing the bush for possible rescue of the victims and arresting the criminals.

The Kaduna-Abuja highway has been under recent attacks by bandits, which made the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, launch a robust security action plan tagged ‘Operation Puff Adder’ on Friday, April 5, 2019.

The aim was to tackle kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

The operation covers the Kaduna-Abuja highway and adjoining communities extending to Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara states.

The force recently combed the bush along Kaduna-Abuja highway in search of the armed bandits terrorizing unsuspecting commuters on the road.

Despite the move by the security agencies, most travellers took to the Abuja and Kaduna rail stations to avoid life-threatening experiences on the expressway.