The Zamfara Police Command on Wednesday confirmed that 16 of its personnel had been killed inside the Nov. 29 battle between the command and bandits inside the state.
The battle was sequel to a raid on criminals’ hideouts inside the state by the police all through which 104 bandits had been killed by policemen.
The dying of the policemen was confirmed in an announcement in Gusau by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Muhammad Shehu, a Superintendent of Police.
Shehu debunked media report that 50 policemen had been killed inside the assault.
According to him, on Nov. 29, 2018, there was important onslaught on bandits by the police which resulted inside the killing of 104 bandits.
He talked about in course of the confrontation, 36 policemen obtained missing after which 16 of them had been found ineffective and 20 recovered alive.
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“After search and rescue operations launched into by police Joint Intervention Force to rescue the missing policemen following the heavy assault on the bandits, 16 cops had been found ineffective whereas the remaining 20 had been rescued alive.
“Over 50 bandits’ hideouts in three camps had earlier been destroyed while over 500 cattle and 79 sheep were recovered from the bandits,” Shehu talked about.
He talked about that Police Special Forces Personnel, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Police Mobile Force, Federal Special Anti-Rubbery Search personnel, with three surveillance patrol police helicopters, had been deployed to the state.
“The Police Joint Intervention Force operations inside the state under the command of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations, are making progress.
“There is important ongoing operation by the police to root-out the remnants of armed bandits and totally different jail elements inside the acknowledged hideouts inside the state.
“The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, condoled the households of the deceased policemen.
“He directs a befitting burial for the gallant officers, fast processing and price of life assurance benefits and totally different entitlements to their households.
“The IGP is saddened with the dying of the gallant officers whom he described as heroes of the strain.
“Their demise is an excellent loss to Nigeria Police Force and our costly nation. The supreme value they paid for the protection and safety of the nation will not be in ineffective.
“In spite of this unfortunate situation, the police will not relent in efforts at ensuring that armed banditry and other crimes are brought to the end in Zamfara and Nigeria at large,” he talked about.
The spokesman further appealed to communities inside the state to proceed to assist police with information on security to have the ability to enhance their operations.