From Abba Kabara
After a week of tension and prolong silence over the alleged killing of 50 policemen in a deadly encounter with bandits, the command has finally confirms the number of casualties as seventeen (17).
A release signed by the command’s spokesman SP Shehu Muhammad, said the rescue operations embarked by the Police Joint Intervention Force to rescue the missing Police Personnel after the 29th November, 2018, onslaught on armed bandits resulted in the successful rescue of Twenty (20) Policemen alive, while seventeen (17) Police Personnel were found dead.
The statement stressed that despite this calamity, the Police Joint Intervention Force under the command of Deputy Inspector General of Police deployed by the Inspector General of Police to Zamfara State will not relent in its responsibly of crushing the scourge of banditry in the state.
According to the release, “in the recent onslaught on the bandits, 104 armed bandits were killed, fifty (50) bandits hideouts in three (3) camps destroyed and recovered over five hundred (500) cattle and seventy nine (79) sheep”.
The Inspector General of Police however, condoles with the families of the deceased Policemen, and directs a befitting burials for the gallant officers as well as immediate processing of 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”, emphasizing that their demise is a great loss to Nigeria Police Force and our dear Nation, while the supreme price they paid for the security and safety of the Country will not be in vain”