Special squad kills 5, arrests 3 bandits in Niger

The  Security  Special  Squad inaugurated about a week ago by Governor  Abubakar  Sani  Bello  of  Niger  state to combat  bandits  and release  abducted  Islamiya School children in Tegina, has killed five bandits  and arrested three others during exchange  of fire in another  attack on the town.

Blueprint learnt that the attack occurred in the early hours  of Thursday and that the squad successfully repelled the bandits inflicting fatal injuries on some.

It was also learnt that  the remains of the neutralized bandits and those arrested were taken to Kagara Divissional Police  headquarters where  they  were paraded to the public. 

The squad  was also reported  to  have recovered  large numbers of cows rustled by the bandits.

A member  of  the  community  who spoke on condition  of  anonymity  said  that  the bandits  on motorcyles,  carrying AK 47 rifles stormed the town and started shooting sporadically thereby putting fears in the people.

He said,  “The bandits  have rustled several cattle and dispossesed the people of their property before the squad  intercepted  them as they made to escape. The squad also succeeded in recovering the cattle rustled and took back the property of the villagers from the armed gunmen.”

Some of the bandits were however said to have escaped with gunshot injuries but are being traced by the security men.

The Police  Public  Relations  Officer  of  the  state  police  command,  DSP Abiodun  Wasiu could not be reached  to confirm  the  report in Minna.

It would be recalled  that  Governor Abubakar Sani Bello last week launched a Special Task Force comprising of 1000 armed men to dislodge bandits from the Allawa and neighbouring forests where it is believed that the abducted Salihu Tanko Islamiyya pupils are being kept.

Bello had tasked the men of the Task force to ” take the battle to the bandits” and rescue the pupils from their clutches.