At least four bandits have been neutralised and three rifles recovered by officers of the Niger state police command during a fierce battle in Magama and Borgu local government councils.
The incident was outlined in a statement in the state capital, Minna, by the Police Public Relations Officer, Niger state command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun.
According to the statement, a distress call was received from Maje village in Nasko Magama Local Government Council that some suspected bandits were “making efforts” to invade a residential building in the village.
In response, the police tactical teams attached to Nasko Division were immediately mobilised to the Area.
On sighting the police teams, the hoodlums “opened fire” at them and a gun duel ensued. As a result, one bandit was “neutralised” and his AK-49 rifle was recovered at the scene, while others escaped to the forest with bullet wounds.
DSP Abiodun however said the teams were still “on the trail” of the remaining hoodlums.
Similarly, a joint tactical team of Police, Military and local vigilantes, who were acting on a tip-off, mobilised and trailed some suspected bandits to a nearby forest, where they had retreated after kidnapping a driver on Kuka-Babanna road, New-Bussa headquarters of Borgu Local Government Council a few days earlier.
The hoodlums had arranged to collect a ransom for the release of the abducted driver before the joint tactical team struck.
The security forces engaged the bandits in a gun battle during which three of the felons were “neutralised”,and scores more escaped with gunshot wounds. Also, one pump action rifle with four cartridges and two single barrel guns were recovered.
The driver was rescued unhurt and was immediately taken to a nearby hospital for medical examination.
Similarly, further action to track and arrest the fleeing bandit is underway, according to a Police statement.
Reporting by Aliyu Lawal; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor