Bandits ambush, kill 4 officers in Kano, 1 missing —Police
The police said four of its men were killed on Friday and one still missing after bandits laid an ambush on a convoy of officers attached to Police Mobile Force – 9 PMF Squadron along the Birnin Gwari-Funtua Highway in Kano.
The Police Force Public Relations Officer, Police Commissioner Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement.
CP Mba said that the policemen were on their way back to their base in Kano after the completion of a special duty when they were ambushed.
He stated that the policemen fought back and inflicted heavy casualties on the bandits after an exchange of gunfire.
He noted, however, that contrary to reports in some sections of the media that 18 officers were kidnapped, only 16 officers were attacked in the ambush.
The statement reads: “Contrary to unconfirmed reports in some sections of the media stating that 18 officers were kidnapped, only 16 were attacked in the ambush.
“The officers successfully repelled the attack accordingly and neutralised the bandits in their tens while many of the bandits scampered into the bush with gunshot injuries.
“Regrettably, four of the officers paid the supreme price during the exchange of gunfire between the Police and the bandits while an officer is still missing.
“However, the remaining 11 officers led by their Unit Commander successfully recovered the bodies and firearms of their fallen colleagues while concerted efforts are being intensified to rescue the officer still missing.
“The IGP, while commiserating with the families of the officers who have yet again paid the supreme price in the service of our nation, assures that their death shall not be in vain.
“The IGP assures the citizens that the Force is not deterred and will not relent in its commitment to delivering on its mandate and ensuring that all activities of bandits and other unscrupulous elements in the area and other parts of the country are brought to check.”