The Nigeria Police Headquarters on Sunday said contrary to unconfirmed reports in some sections of the media that 18 of its officers were kidnapped in Birnin-Gwari by bandits, mobile police personnel successfully repelled an ambush laid by bandits.
It said that the 16 Mobile Police officers attached to the Police Mobile Force – 9 PMF Squadron, Kano successfully repelled the attack and neutralized the bandits in their tens while many of the bandits scampered into the bush with gunshot injuries.
This is as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, commended Mobile Police officers for displaying uncommon gallantry in repelling an attack on their convoy by bandits,
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba explained that some bandits numbering about a hundred along the Birnin Gwari – Funtua Highway on Friday, January 15, 2021, attacked the Mobile Police Force Officers on their way back to their base in Kano after the completion of their special duty.
Mba said that the officers are personnel attached to Operation Puff Adder and deployed to Niger State in the sustained operation to reclaim the public space and tackle incidents of banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the area.
The Force spokesman however said; “Regrettably, four 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 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”.
Mba said that IGP Adamu, 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.