… Inflict heavy casualties on tens of the bandits.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), M.A. Adamu, has commended police officers attached to Police Mobile Force-9 (PMF) Squadron, Kano, for displaying uncommon gallantry for successfully repelling attack on their convoy by bandits numbering about a hundred.
The PMF allegedly repelled bandits’ ambush attack on their convoy along the dreaded Birnin-Gwari-Funtua Highway on Friday, 15th January, 2021, on their way back to their base in Kano after the completion of their special duty, and neutralised scores.
The officers, in a statement by police on Sunday, stressed that the PMF are personnel attached to Operation Puff Adder and deployed to Niger State in the sustained operation to reclaim public space and tackle incidents of banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the area.
The release, issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters Abuja, Mr Frank Mba, however, averred that “Contrary to unconfirmed reports in some sections of the media, stating that eighteen (18) officers were kidnapped, only sixteen (16) officers were attacked in the ambush.
“The officers successfully repelled the attack, accordingly, and neutralized the bandits in their tens, while many of the bandits scampered into the bush with gunshot injuries,” it stated.
The release stressed that, “Regrettably, four (4) of the Officers paid the supreme price during the exchange of gun fire between the Police and the bandits, while an officer is still missing.
“However, the remaining eleven (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 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,” it stated.