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So Sad — Ban­dits kill four police­men in Kaduna

Bandits kill four policemen in Kaduna

Ban­dits on Sat­ur­day ambushed police­men who were on their way for an oper­a­tion at Jankas­ka vil­lage in Iga­b­ji Local Gov­ern­ment Area of Kaduna State and killed four of them.

The police­men were said to have died dur­ing a gun duel with the ban­dits.

Yakubu Sabo, the spokesman of the state police com­mand, con­firmed the inci­dent in a text  mes­sage.

He said the inci­dent occurred around 6:30pm on Sat­ur­day when the Inspec­tion Gen­er­al of Police Intel­li­gence Rapid Response Team was in the area for an oper­a­tion.

He said: “At about 0630hrs of Sat­ur­day,  a team of detec­tives attached to IGP IRT while on oper­a­tion along Jankasa vil­lage of Rigasa Kaduna,  were ambushed by armed ban­dits.

After a fierce  gun bat­tle, four  of our police­men paid the supreme sac­ri­fice”.

He said rein­force­ment had been sent to the area to arrest the attack­ers.

He said the police was doing every­thing pos­si­ble to fish out the hood­lums and bring them to jus­tice.

Police sources in Abu­ja said that the oper­a­tives were killed in a gun fight dur­ing an ambush by kid­nap­pers attempt­ing to res­cue two arrest­ed gang mem­bers.

A source said: “As the team were com­ing out of the bush with the arrest­ed kid­nap­pers, oth­er gang-mem­bers hid­ing inside the bush ambushed the IRT team and opened fire which result­ed to the death of four oper­a­tives. The oper­a­tives killed in the attack include; Inspec­tor Benard Odi­bo, Inspec­tor Mam­man Abubakar, Inspec­tor Haruna Ibrahim and Sar­gent Emmanuel Isti­fanus.”

Six kid­nap­pers were said to have been killed in the gun bat­tle, includ­ing the two kid­nap­pers ini­tial­ly arrest­ed by the police.

The bod­ies of the deceased oper­a­tives were said to have been deposit­ed at Saint Ger­ald Hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ary Kaduna State for autop­sy, Dai­ly Trust learnt yes­ter­day.

Very seri­ous efforts are in progress to get the killers to Jus­tice,” police sources stat­ed.

When con­tact­ed yes­ter­day, Police spokesman act­ing DCP,  Jimoh Mos­hood, con­firmed the deaths of the four police oper­a­tives and not­ed that some ban­dits were also killed in the gun bat­tle.

He said the IGP Ibrahim Idris had direct­ed that the deceased police men be giv­en a befit­ting bur­ial, and all the com­pen­sa­tion due to them should be prompt­ly paid.

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