Two bandits who engaged in a gun duel with men of the Kaduna State Police Command have been neutralized while an AK-47 rifle was also recovered from them in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.
Spokesperson of the command, DSP Mohammed Jalige, who made this known in a statement on Sunday, July 24, said the bandits were killed after they kidnapped some farmers working on their farms at Timburku village in Galadimawa ward on Saturday, July 23rd.
According to the PPRO, the DPO of Kidandan Division received intelligence information that some armed bandits have kidnapped an unspecified number of farmers working on their farm at Timburku village, and immediately, a detachment of Police Operation Restore Peace were deployed to the area, who engaged the bandits in a fierce gun duel.
"Upon receipt of a report through the DPO Kidandan on the 23rd July, 2022 at about 0800hrs that some armed bandits have kidnapped an unspecified number of farmers working on their farm at Timburku village Galadimawa ward of Giwa LGA, the Commissioner of Police CP Yekini Ayoku psc (+),mni immediately directed the mobilisation of the nearby detachment of Police Operation Restore Peace (hitherto codenamed as Operation Puff Adder II) to the area," the statement read.
"In the hot engagement that ensued with the armed hoodlums, the professional team of Police men prevailed with their superior fire power leading to the neutralisation of two (2) of the bandits, recovery of one AK47 rifle loaded with two (2) rounds of live ammunition, one motorcycle and a machete while the victims (farmers) were rescued unhurt.
"It is germane to iterate that this operational breakthrough could not have been achieved without the timely report/ information by the citizens and of course swift response from the Police
"The Commissioner of Police therefore, once again enjoins the general public to always confide in the Police and other sister security agencies to promptly report any distress situation as he assures them of speedy and effective response
"Investigation into the incident has since been instituted while surveillance and patrol are on high gear to forestall any further incident as normalcy is restored in the affected area. The populace is as well enjoined to provide information on any person or group who are found nursing bullet wounds."