UBEC board chairman, daughter, others kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna expressway

The chairman of the Governing Board of Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Mohammed Abubakar, is among the dozens of people kidnapped Monday along Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

Family source confirmed the abduction to DAILY NIGERIAN, saying Mr Abubakar was kidnapped alongside his daughter while traveling to Abuja.

It was gathered that his driver was shot dead on the spot as the assailants shot sporadically at moving vehicles.

“It is true he was kidnapped today alongside his daughter. They shot his driver on the spot,” the source who preferred not to be named said.

A witness, Mohammed Dambatta, who escaped the attack told DAILY NIGERIAN that the attack occurred at 3pm at Kurmin Kare in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

According to him, the kidnappers opened fire sporadically on Abuja-bound travellers, forcing at least 15 vehicles to stop and successfully shepherded the occupants into the bush.

“I counted about 15 vehicles without occupants, including a police van, a Kano Line bus and a jeep. The driver of the jeep was apparently shot. Some of those who emerged from the bush after the attack suffered gunshot wounds,” he said.

Although police did not officially speak on the incident, local sources said at least 10 people lost their lives in the attack.

On Sunday, the Nigeria Police Force said it had arrested Abubakar Ibrahim, 37, the suspected killer of late traditional ruler of Adara chiefdom, Maiwada Galadima of Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state and 17 other suspected kidnappers/armed robbers.

The late Mr Galadima was abducted and murdered by his abductors in October 2018, after being held captive for days.


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