18 January 2021 by Peter Ireh
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has commended Police Officers attached to the Police Mobile Force – 9 Squadron, for repelling the attack on their convoy by bandits along the Birnin-Gwari- Funtua Highway in Kaduna State.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba in Abuja.
The statement notes that the officers are personnel attached to Operation Puff Adder and deployed to Niger State in the sustained operation to reclaim public space and tackle incidents of banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the area.
According to the statement, sixteen officers were attacked in the ambush, and they successfully repelled the attack and neutralized the bandits in their tens while others ran into the bush with gun shot injuries but regrettably, four of the Officers paid the supreme price during the exchange of gun fire between the Police and the bandits while an officer is still missing.
It says that however, the remaining eleven officers led by their Unit Commander successfully recovered the bodies and firearms of their fallen colleagues while concerted efforts are being intensified to rescue the officer still missing.
The statement commiserates with the families of the officers who have yet again paid the supreme price in the service of our nation and stresses that their death shall not be in vain.
The statement however, assures the citizens that the Force is not deterred and will not relent in its commitment in delivering on its mandate by ensuring that all activities of bandits and other unscrupulous elements in the area and other parts of the country are brought to check.