The Niger State Police Command rescued fifteen kidnapped victims from a forest in the Lapai Local Government Area and detained three accused bandits.
DSP Wasiu Abiodun, spokesman for the command, stated in a statement released on Friday, May 13, that the victims were recovered following a heated gun battle between security personnel and robbers.
Abiodun stated that the command also repelled an assault at Maraban Dan-Daudu in the state’s Shiroro Local Government Area.
“Following the continuous assault against banditry and other criminality in the state, information was obtained on 11/05/2022 at around 1330hrs that suspected armed bandits were spotted in Agigi/Kpashimi forest via Lapai LGA,” the PPRO reported.
“The Lapai Division-affiliated police tactical team and vigilantes were dispatched to the region where the bandits were engaged in a gun battle and overpowered by the tactical team, while some of the bandits with gunshot wounds fled into the forest.
“As a result, three suspects were captured among the bandits, and fifteen victims taken by the thugs were rescued from the jungle,”
Aliyu Mohammed Dauda, 19, Wada Usman Shehu, 20, both of Maikunkele, and Mohammed Shehu Abubakar, 19, of Mayaki village, Lapai, have been apprehended.
“Two burned motorcycles were seized from the gang’s camp, but the case is still under investigation as efforts continue to catch further gang members. Suspects will be arraigned in court after inquiry,” he added.
“Additionally, on 12 May 2022 at approximately 0930 hours, armed bandits attempted to raid Maraban Dan-Daudu and Jiko villages via Gwada, Shiroro Local Government Area.
“A joint security force and vigilantes were deployed to the area and engaged the robbers in an hours-long gun battle. As a result, the robbers were repelled, and after suffering fatalities, the majority of the bandits fled into the forest with bullet wounds.”
In the meantime, the state police commissioner, CP Monday Bala Kuryas, lauded the achievements of the tactical teams and asked them to keep up the momentum in reducing banditry in the state.