Niger State Police Command in conjunction with the military and vigilante engaged bandits in gun battle in Magama Local Government Area of the state and neutralized many of the terrorists.
It was gathered that the armed bandits/terrorists attacked some villages around Nasko, Magama LGA and rustled a large number of cattle.
However, tactical teams of the Command sent for reinforcement to the area and military personnel with the vigilante engaged the bandits in a fierce gun battle along Ibeto cattle route which lasted for about two hours while the hoodlums were trying to escape with the cattle
Consequently, scores of bandits were neutralised and the large rustled cattle were recovered while about twenty (20) abducted victims regained freedom.
Confirming the development in a statement, the spokesperson for the command, DSP Wasiu A. Abiodun said other items recovered at the scene include:
-One (1) AK-47 magazine with 30 rounds of live ammunition
-Seven (7) handsets
-One (1) Honda motorcycle.
“Earlier, on 13/01/2022 at about 0700hrs, based on credible intelligence, Police operatives attached to Nasko Division raided an identified hideout of Bandits at Anaba hilltop, Magama LGA
During the raid, one (1) Ak-47 rifle with thirteen rounds of live ammunition, hidden between the rocks on the hilltop were recovered.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command CP Monday Bala Kuryas, fsi reiterates the commitment of the Command to rid the state of banditry activities and other criminality as he further solicits for cooperation and support of Nigerlites/residents towards ensuring a crime free society.”