Six notorious bandits terrorising the Mangu local government area of Plateau State have been killed in a gun duel with the Police while a Commander of IGPs Intelligent Response Team in the area, Abdulrahaman Isa Danzakara, who led the onslaught against the criminals and a vigilante, Hassan Mohammed, were also killed in the encounter with the bandits.
Tribune Online learnt that the incident occurred at about 6:45 p.m. on Monday, in Pyem district of Mangu council area when armed bandits in their large number stormed the district to perform all sorts of atrocities including kidnapping and cattle rustling.
It was learnt that men of the Inspector General of Police Intelligent Response Team who arrived at the scene engaged the bandits in a gun duel that lasted for about two hours, six of the bandits were killed in the process while Danzakara and a local vigilante were also gunned down by the bandits.
However, the State Police Command in a statement signed by the State Police Public Relations, ASP Gabriel Ogaba, has confirmed the incident adding that the command received credible information about the activity of a notorious syndicate of gunrunners at Kwoi Village, in Mangu Local Government Area of the state.
“On receipt of the information, the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) based in Mangu, police operatives attached to Mangu Division, Operation Safe Haven and local vigilante were mobilised and swiftly raced to the area.
“On sighting the team, the hoodlums engaged them in a gun duel. But because of the tactical operational capability and superior gunfire of the operatives, six of the hoodlums were neutralised while others fled with various degrees of bullets wounds.”
The statement further pointed out that exhibits recovered from them include three AK 47 Rifles with Breach Nos 868, 106076 and 123487.
“Regrettably, one Insp. Abdulrahaman Isah, who is the Commander IGP’s Intelligence Response Team based in Mangu and one Hassan Mohammed a local vigilante gallantly paid the supreme price,” he said.
It added that the command has commenced investigation while efforts are being intensified to arrest other fleeing members of the syndicate.
Source: Nigerian Tribune