Some unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits have reportedly neutralized two officers of the Nigeria Police Force in Katsina State.
The personnel, Naija News understands were killed while repelling a fresh attack by the terrorists group operating in Baure forest in the Safana local government area of the state.
Confirming the attack while speaking at the force headquarter today, police commissioner in the state, Sanusi Buba, named the fallen police officers as Yakubu Joshua, an assistant superintendent of police, and Zaharadeen Yuguda, a sergeant.
He said: “Two gallant police officers – AP.NO.151332 Asp Yakubu Joshua, attached to 27 Police Mobile Force, (PMF), Katsina and F/NO.264575 Sgt Zaharadeen Yuguda attached to Safana Division, paid the supreme price and died in a crossfire.”
The police boss said the officers were killed while repelling an attack by bandits on Baure village.
Buba disclosed further that operatives were able to two of the bandits were also killed by officers in the incident.
He said: “On 18/11/2021 at about 1700hrs, based on credible intelligence, Area Commander, Dutsinma, ACP Aminu Umar, led a combined team of policemen and vigilante to Bandits’ hideout at Baure village, Safana LGA of Katsina State and engaged the bandits in a fierce gun duel.
“The team succeeded in dislodging the bandits, killed two notorious bandits and recovered one AK 47 rifle with thirty-five (35) rounds of 7.62mm live ammunition of AK 47 rifle.
“In the course of scanning the scene, two unregistered motorcycles Kasea and Boxer, vest of charms were recovered.”
Meanwhile, no fewer than seventy-seven thousand Nigerians have signed a petition that seeks to have President Muhammadu Buhari tried and jailed over the killings of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate last year October.
Naija News understands that the petition initiated by former Presidential aide, Reno Omokri, on the change.org platform has continued to receive hundreds of signatures with many citizens giving reasons for pending their signatures.
The petition which was started on Wednesday was directed at the International Criminal Court.