Police Fight off Bandits in A Fierce Gun Duel, Rescue 5 Victims in Kaduna

“Effort is on high gear to ensure the fleeing bandits are apprehended,”
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Security forces stand guard during a protest against the reopening of the Lekki toll gate in Lagos [Temilade Adelaja/Reuters]

Summary

  • Effort is in high gear to ensure the fleeing bandits are apprehended
  • the victims have since been reunited with their families
  • suspects had admitted to smuggling weapons and ammunition to bandits

After a violent gun duel with a group of bandits, the Kaduna State Police Command said on Sunday that its operatives foiled a kidnapping attempt and rescued five victims.

In a statement released in Kaduna, the Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Jalige, confirmed the incident.

“The command wishes to inform the general public of its relentless effort to curb the menace of banditry, kidnapping, rustling and armed robbery in the state and the successes recorded in the process,” Jalige said.

According to him,
“on March 26, at about 12:00hrs information has it that some bandits numbering 10 with sophisticated weapons blocked Kaduna to Birnin Gwari road in an attempt to kidnap five occupants of a Volkswagen Golf vehicle with Reg.No DKA 539 TU, heading towards Birnin Gwari from Kaduna.

“On receiving the report, patrol team attached to Buruku Division immediately swung into action, engaged the bandits in fierce gun duel and successfully repelled the bandits who scampered into the forest with various degrees of bullet wounds and rescued all the occupants of the vehicle safely.

“Effort is on high gear to ensure the fleeing bandits are apprehended,” he said

According to the spokesman, the victims have since been reunited with their families.

On the same day, a suspected arms' dealer was apprehended by operatives, and one bandit was killed, according to Jalige, who also revealed that the command seized eight SMG rifles, one pistol, and 85 rounds of 7.62 X39mm live ammunition in the Saminaka forest of the state's Lere Local Government Area.

He said that investigations into the matter had begun, and that the remaining suspects had admitted to smuggling weapons and ammunition to bandits in the states of Niger, Kaduna, Zamfara, and Katsina.