By Mike Oboh
Police Joint Intervention Force under the command of Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations deployed by the Inspector General of Police to Zamfara State to rout-out all armed bandits and other criminal elements in the state is making progress in the operations.
The State Command spokesman, SP Mohammed Shehu in a statement yesterday, said the search and rescue operations embarked on by the Police Joint Intervention Force to rescue the missing Police Personnel after the 29th November, 2018, onslaught on the armed bandits in which 104 armed bandits were killed, 50 bandits hideouts in three camps destroyed and recovery of over 500 cattle and 79 sheep from the possession of the armed bandits resulted in the successful rescue of 20 Policemen alive, while 16 Police Personnel were found dead after the rescue operations carried out by the Police Joint Intervention Force.
Police Special Forces personnel, Counter Terrorism Unit, Police Mobile Force, Federal SARS personnel with three surveillance patrol helicopters have commenced an on-going operation being strengthened to rout-out the remnants armed bandits and other criminal elements in the caves and mountains in the identified bandits hideouts in some locations in Zamfara State.
The IGP condoled with the families of the deceased Policemen and direct befitting burials for the gallant officers and prompt processing and payments of the life assurance benefits and other entitlements to their families.
The IGP is saddened with the death of the gallant officers whom he describes as heroes of the Force, saying, “Their demise is a great loss to Nigeria Police Force and our dear Nation, Nigeria. The supreme price they paid for the security and safety of the Country will not be in vain.”
The Police despite the unfortunate death of the 16 personnel will not relent in ensuring that armed banditry, other violent crimes, and criminalities are brought to the end Zamfara State.