Naija News understands that the father and daughter were abducted along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway around 3.30pm on Monday, April 29, by gunmen dressed in Army uniform.
The driver of the UBEC chairman died during the attack.
The force, in a press statement by its spokesperson, Yakubu Sabo, made this known in the statement that reads thus; “Today 29/04/19 we received information through DPO Katari that at about 1530hrs, he got a distress call that Armed Men in military uniform intercepted a Land Cruiser Jeep with Reg. No 07E o4 FG and Toyota Sienna with Reg. No SLJ 465 TN at Kurmin Kare Village along Kaduna – Abuja Express Way,” the police statement said.
“They opened fire on the vehicles, and in the process, the driver of the jeep was shot dead while the occupants; Dr. Muhammad Abubakar who is the chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and his daughter were kidnapped.
“The occupants of the Sienna; one Alowonle Olalere and Onuka Victor both of Ibadan Oyo State were injured and rescued to Katari Police Station. They were said to be returning from Kano where they went to shoot a film titled ‘the last step.”
An aide to the UBEC chairman, Hussaini Danladi, had earlier said that the attack occurred in the afternoon.
“My boss has been kidnapped. I received the information around 3.30 pm. He was going from Kaduna to Abuja.
“Up till now they (the kidnappers) have not reached and we are still waiting for information,” he said.
The police say efforts are already ongoing in a deliberate attempt to arrest the perpetrators and rescue the abductees.