Authorities from the Niger State Police Command of the Nigeria Police Force has disclosed the killing of seven bandits by its operatives in a gun duel in Kumbashi district of the Mariga Local Government Area in of the state.
It was gathered the bandits were allegedly behind the terror unleashed on farmers in the area in recent times.
The incident reportedly occurred around 4:30pm on Wednesday when the gunmen were sighted by members of the community who immediately alerted security personnel in the area leading to the killing of seven, while others escaped with various degrees of injuries.
Confirming the development in Minna, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said the fight between the police, alongside local vigilantes and the bandits on the other, resulted in the death of seven bandits.
He explained that based on credible intelligence received that bandits who terrorised farmers within Kumbashi were sighted marauding at Kumbashi town, the security personnel engaged them in a fight on Wednesday.
Abiodun said: “Consequently, in continuation of the clearance operations in Niger State towards fighting banditry and other criminality, Police tactical teams and local vigilante/hunters stationed at Kumbashi town engaged the bandits in a shootout, and seven of the hoodlums were neutralized while others escaped into the forest with gunshot injuries.”
According to him, two members of the vigilante group who sustained bullet wounds “had been taken to Kontagora General Hospital for treatment,” IsL source SaharaReporters