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May 21, 2024

Police foil attack on Zamfara community, neutralize bandit, recover firearms

From Ibrahim Kaulahi, Gusau

The Zamfara State Police Command has succeeded in foiling a planned attack by bandits on Muslim worshippers while observing Friday prayers at Kwata village under Magarya district of Zurmi local government council of Zamfara State today Friday.

In a press briefing by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) on behalf of the Commissioner, ASP Yazid Abubakar, said a distress call was given to the Police Operatives attached to 34 PMF, hombe deployed to Magarya axis in Zurmi LGA acted on information that bandits have planned to launch an attack.

He further explained that, the information was about five armed men on two motorcycles suspected to be armed bandits planning to attack Muslims during  juma’at prayers at the said location.

“On receiving the information, the Operatives mobilized and confronted the bandits, engaged them in gun duel which lasted for an hour and as a result of that, one of the bandits was neutralized while others escaped to the bush with possible gunshot wounds.

“Two AK47 rifles, four rounds of 7.62mm ammunition’s and Bajaj motorcycle were recovered at the scene while the Command is still pursuing the suspects with a view to arrest and prosecute them”, the PPRO has assured.

In the same vein, Police Operatives attached to Zurmi Division acted on credible information that, some group of armed bandits were planning to carry out attack on Police formations in Zurmi local Government area.

According to the PPRO, on receiving the information, the DPO led a team to investigate the matter which resulted to the arrest of one 35 year old Umma Zubairu of Rukudawa village at Awala via Nasarawan Zurmi in connection with the planned  attack on policemen at Zurmi Division.

“During the interrogation, the suspect confessed that she has been working with bandit kingpin ‘Dan karami Gwaska’ as his informant and was assigned to monitor policemen at Zurmi Division so as to attack the Division. The suspect has been investigated and charged to court for prosecution”, he added.

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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