The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, commended the police officers attached to the newly created Police Mobile Force. According to him, the squad displayed what he termed ‘rare gallantry’ as they resisted bandits’ attack on their convoy.
According to reports, the 9 PMF Squadron, Kano, launched the attack on the bandits under the umbrella of Police Mobile Force.
During the attack, which happened at the weekend, about 100 bandits reportedly showed off. Too, the attack happened along the Birnin-Gwari-Funtua Highway on Sunday.
According to findings, the attacks happened when the Mobile Police officers were returning to their base in Kano on completion of their special assignment. Reports revealed that they were initially attached to the Operation Puff Adder, under the umbrella of Police Mobile Force. Their mandate is to fight banditry, kidnapping, and other related crimes in Niger State and its environs.
Frank Mba: There Wasn’t any Case of Kidnap
Confirming the incident in a statement he issued to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba (DCP), counted the already published figures.
Earlier, reports had said that the bandits kidnapped 18 officers during the attack. However, Mba maintained the officers were just 16 in number. Also, he noted there was never any of kidnap during the attack.
Speaking further, Mba remarked that the force had successfully repelled the attack. Too, he reportedly confirmed that many bandits sustained gunshot injuries as they ran into the bush.
However, according to reports, four police officers reportedly died during the gun battle. Also, as at the time of this report, no one could ascertain the whereabouts of one police officer, who took part in the gunbattle.
According to reports, the remaining 11 officers of the 16 deployed successfully recovered the remains and firearms of their deceased colleagues. Also, Mba noted that the police had already deployed some officers to rescue the missing officer.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, during a visit to the family of the deceased officers, commended the victims’ bravery. According to him, their demise would never be in vain.
Furthermore, the IGP assured the citizens that the police would not relent in its fight against banditry, insecurity, and insurgency. Too, he said the attacks on bandits would continue until the total elimination of the elements in the country.