Bandits have killed a Divisional Police Officer and four others in an attack that occurred on Saturday in Niger State.
In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Office, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the bandits had attempted to attack Chibani Market in Munyan Local Government Area and were killed by local vigilantes.
He further stated that another set of bandits had tried to attack communities around Lambata when they were engaged in a gun battle with security operatives
“Similarly, on Saturday, at about 11am, information was received that bandits were sighted around Kwakuti-Dajigbe area of Lambata, in an attempt to attack some communities around the Gurara LGA.
He stated that the DPO of Paiko police station, Muktar Sabiu and four other officers died in the gun battle with the bandits.
“Combined teams of police from Gawu-Babangida Div and Paiko Div, military, and vigilante members were drafted to the scene, the bandits were engaged in a gun duel and repelled with scores of them being neutralised, while others escaped with bullet injuries.
“Regrettably, the DPO, Paiko, SP Mukhtar Sabiu, and four other policemen from both divisions lost their lives during the gun duel,” the statement read.
Abiodun further stated that the bodies of the deceased officer had been recovered.