By Mohammed Baba Busu
Minna, Feb. 12, 2023
The Police Command in Niger has confirmed the death of a Divisional Police Officer (DPO), SP Mukhtar Sabiu, and four other policemen in a gun duel with bandits in Gurara Local Government Area on Saturday.
This is contained in a statement by DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the command’s Public Relations Officer, issued in Minna on Sunday.
“On 11/02/2023 at about 1100hrs, information was received that armed bandits were sighted around Kwakuti-Dajigbe villages area of Lambata, in an attempt to attack some communities around Gurara Local Government Area.
“Combined teams of police from Gawu-Babangida and Paiko Divisions, military, and vigilante members were drafted to the scene.
“The hoodlums were engaged in a gun duel and repelled with scores of them neutralised, while others escaped with bullet injuries.
“Regrettably, DPO Paiko Division, Superintendent of Police (SP) Mukhtar Sabiu and four other police personnel from both divisions lost their lives during the gun duel.”
The spokesman said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Ogundele Ayodeji, later led a reinforcement team to the scene and recovered the bodies of the deceased personnel.
Ayodeji condoled with the families of the affected personnel, while reassuring the public that the police would not relent in their efforts to eliminate banditry and other forms of criminality in the state.
Similarly, police tactical teams and vigilante members on Friday at about 3:00pm thwarted attempts by bandits to attack Chibani village market via Sarkin-Pawa, Munya local government area of the state.
Abiodun said the hoodlums were successfully repelled without any incident, and normalcy restored in the area.