Gun duel in Niger: DPO, 4 other policemen shot dead

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Bandits Kill DPO, Four Other Policemen In Niger

An officer in charge of Paiko Division of the Police in Niger State, DPO as Mukhtar Sabiu and four other policemen have been shot dead in a battle with bandits at Munya and Gurara Local Government Areas of the State.

The five police officers were shot dead in a gun battle with bandits who were trying to invade communities in Munya and Gurara local government areas, Wasiu Abiodun, spokesperson for Niger Police Command said in a statement.

But he said the officers joined other to successfully stopped the bandits from attacking a market in Munya LGA on Friday.

He added that they also joined others to engage the bandits during an attack on communities in Gurara LGA on Saturday.

“Regrettably, DPO Paiko SP Mukhtar Sabiu and four other police personnel from both divisions lost their lives during the gun duel,” the statement read.

“On 10/02/2023 at about 1500hrs, suspected armed bandits/insurgents attempted to attack the Chibani village market via Sarkin-Pawa, Munya LGA.

“Police tactical teams and vigilante members mobilized to the market where the hoodlums were routed and successfully repelled without any havoc, though the situation caused some panic but normalcy was restored.


“Similarly, 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 LGA.

“Combined teams of police from Gawu-Babangida Div and Paiko Div, military, and vigilante members were drafted to the scene, the hoodlums were engaged in a gun duel and repelled with scores of them being neutralized, while others escaped with bullet injuries.”

According to the police spokesman, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ogundele Ayodeji, led a team to the location to recover the bodies of the officers.

While condoling with the families of the deceased, the police commissioner assured that the command will intensify its efforts in the fight against banditry.