The Niger State Police Command, on Tuesday, said that suspected bandits killed seven security operatives, including a Divisional Officer Divisional Police Officer in charge of Nasko, Magama Local Government Area of the state.
The state command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement on Tuesday, said the security personnel engaged bandits as they attempted to launch an attack on Nasko, around 1pm on Tuesday, but seven of them were killed by bandits.
He mentioned those killed as; the DPO, two other policemen, and four vigilante members.
He said, “On 15/03/2022 at about 1300hrs, armed bandits/terrorists invaded Nasko village, Magama LGA of Niger State.
“Police operatives with vigilante members were immediately mobilized by DPO Nasko and engaged the bandits in a fierce gun battle in which some of the hoodlums were neutralised and others escaped with gunshot injuries. Unfortunately, during the gun battle, the DPO, two other policemen, and four vigilante members lost their lives.”
According to him, the Area Commander, Kotangora, has drafted reinforcements with the military personnel to the area to forestall breakdown of law and order.
According to him, the State Police Command condoled with the families of officers and vigilante members who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident, while reassuring members of the public that the command will not be deterred or relent in its effort to curb banditry in the state.