By ARMSTRONG ALLAHMAGANI, Bauchi –
Police in Bauchi State in conjunction with local vigilantes have engaged bandits in a gun battle and killed one in the process.
The police also rescued four people who were kidnapped by bandits after they invaded their Raddi village via Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau state.
Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, stated this in a statement signed and made available to journalists on Wednesday evening.
He said that the bandits had stormed the house of one Yakubu Makeri, of Yagi village via Rahama ward, with the attention of attacking him but a team of operatives attached to Rishi Police Divisional Headquarters in conjunction with local vigilantes swiftly moved to the scene and engaged the bandits in a gun battle.
“On the 29th November, 2023 at about 1.00am, one sabitu ‘m’ of Kadade village via Toro LGA of Bauchi State reported that on the same date at about 12.30am, an unknown number of bandits invaded their village and stormed into the house of one Yakubu Ya’u Makeri, male, of Yagi village via Rahama ward.
“A team of operatives attached to Rishi police divisional headquarters in conjunction with local vigilantes swiftly moved to the scene and engaged the bandit.
“The operatives overpowered the bandits in a gun duel. As a result, one of the bandits was neutralized while remaining scampered and abandoned their mission.
“However, during the encounter, the operatives succeeded in rescuing three kidnapped victims, namely: Pastor Bala, male (50), Keziya Ayuba (50) and Sunday Ayuba, (40) all of Raddi village via Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau state.
“The aforementioned victims were confirmed to have been kidnapped from their village in Jos, Plateau state,” he said.
He stated that the Commissioner of Police has ordered the Divisional Police Officer to intensify wider patrol across the nook and crannies of his area of responsibility in a bid to arrest the fleeing bandits so they can face the full wrath of the law.
Similarly, Wakil, said that a 25-year old man, an indigene of Kano State, Ibrahim Mohammed, has been arrested by the Police in Bauchi State, for allegedly stealing a car at a mosque in Zaria Loca Government Area of Kaduna State.
The suspect who hails from Unguwan Gyadi-Gyadi in Kano state but resides in Gwarinpa, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, was arrested by operatives attached to the Tilden Fulani Police Divisional Headquarters after he stole the vehicle and fled with it.
He said that the owner of the vehicle, a Toyota Vibe, parked it to observe the sunset prayers in a mosque but Mohammed stole it but was intercepted by the Police, after they received a signal on the incident from Kaduna.
He said: “On the 28th November, 2023 at about 0841hrs, credible intelligence available at the Division’s disposal that a motor vehicle Toyota Vibe brand, red in color with Registration number MRR 227 AA was reported to have been stolen from a mosque premises on the 24th November 2023 in Zaria local government area of Kaduna state.
“The vehicle was stolen when the owner parked at the mosque to observe sunset prayer. Upon receiving the report, the operatives attached to the division led by the Divisional Police officer intensified stop and search on the highway linking Bauchi and Plateau states.
“As luck ran out of the suspect, the vehicle alongside the suspect was intercepted along the highway. Thus, the suspect is identified as Ibrahim Mohammed (25), male, of Unguwan Gyadi-Gyadi Kano state but residing in Gwarinpa, FCT Abuja.
“During the preliminary investigation, the suspect confessed to have stolen the said vehicle at the mosque premises in Zaria Kaduna state. The vehicle was thoroughly searched and a document of the vehicle was equally recovered.”
According to him, the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Auwal Mohammed, directed that the suspect be transferred to Kaduna state for further investigation and prosecution.