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Ex-IGP Commassie escapes death in Katsina

A former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Ibrahim Commassie, escaped death by whiskers when two gunmen attacked his house Saturday night.

According to an eyewitness, the attackers who were riding on motorcycles descended on Alhaji Commissie House and tried to force their way in, but were repelled by some mobile policemen posted to guard the house.

The source, however, said the gunmen were able to kill an officer, Sergeant Musa Ibrahim, and injured another before escaping.

Blueprint gathered that during the attack, the former police boss was in the house observing his last night prayers (Isha’i).

Katsina state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Besam Gwana, confirmed the attack at a press conference yesterday, saying Commassie was in the house during the attack.

Gwana said his officers and men were trailing the fleeing suspects with the aim of arresting them.

He disclosed that all points of exit and entry had been condoned by the police to prevent the suspects from escaping from Katsina state.

The state police boss called on the members of the public to provide useful information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects to the police.

He advised indigenes and residents to go about their legitimate businesses.

Meanwhile, the commissioner has already visited the General Hospital, Katsina, to sympathise with the injured policemen.

About By Hamidu Sabo, Katsina

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