The police command in Zamfara said its operatives repelled bandits who attacked a Divisional Police Station in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state. The command said it also arrested a 35-year-old suspected female informant.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Yazid Abubakar disclosed this on Friday at a media briefing in Gusau.
Abubakar said police operatives attached to the police station acted on credible intelligence that a group of armed bandits were planning to carry out the attack.
“The police operatives mobilised, confronted the bandits and engaged them in a gun battle which lasted for hours
“As a result of this, one of the bandits was neutralised while the others escaped to the bushes spilling blood on their paths because of the wounds they sustained.
“Police investigation that followed the incident resulted in the arrest of a 35-year-old female suspected to be an informant from Rukudawa village.
The PPRO continued, “The suspect confessed that she has been working with bandit kingpin, Dankarami Gwaska, as his informant and he has given her the task of monitoring activities at the police stations for him.
“Two handsets containing bandits’ telephone numbers were recovered from her. On July 28 Police Tactical Operatives attached to 34 PMF, deployed to the Magarya community in the same Zurmi local government area acted on an intelligence report that suspected armed men were on their way to attack Muslims during Juma’at prayers at Kwata village in Magarya district. The police operatives confronted them and succeeded in foiling the attack and the bandits escaped to the bushes.”
Revealing the recovered weapons, Abubakar stated, “Two AK47 rifles, four rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and Bajaj motorcycle were recovered at the scene while the command is still pursuing the suspects with a view to arresting and prosecuting them.
“On July 27 at about 1330hrs, Police Tactical Team attached to Area Command Gusau acted on intelligence that led to the arrest of two suspected bandits and kidnappers terrorizing the Saminaka area in Gusau Metropolis.” (NAN)