Police kill 8 bandits, rescue 3 kidnapped victims in Bauchi


Police officers in operation

By Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja

Operatives of Bauchi Police Police Command working with local hunters have killed eight bandits while rescuing three victims they are holding hostage during patrols in the border between the state and the neighbouring Plateau State has successfully rescued three kidnapped victims and killed eight bandits.

Ahmed Wakil, the spokesperson for Bauchi Police Command said the operation which was carried out on 22nd April 2024, followed credible information received about suspicious activities near the state border between the state and Plateau.

Wakili said the police operatives deployed from Gumau, Tilde, and Tulu divisions, encountered the armed bandits during their routine patrol near the State border between Bauchi and Plateau states and engaged them in a firefight, during which four of them were killed.

“Two of the suspects, on the verge of death, confessed to multiple kidnapping incidents, including the high-profile killing of a village head in Ruruwai village, Lame district, Toro LGA, Bauchi State, on March 17, 2024,” the police spokesperson said.

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He added that based on the information provided by the dying suspects, the detectives proceeded to the kidnappers’ hideout to rescue three victims from Dokayel village, who had been held captive since April 20, 2024.

However, in exchange of gunfire with the remaining kidnappers guarding the hostages, four more kidnappers were killed by the police operatives while three of their hostages were safely freed without any ransom being paid.

Wakil added that the Commissioner of Police, Auwal Musa Muhammad, commended the officers and personnel involved in the operation for their bravery and professionalism.

The Commissioner urged them to continue their efforts in maintaining law and order while calling on the general public to trust and cooperate with the police by providing valuable information and remaining vigilant.

The command reassured the public of its continuous tireless efforts to improve the security situation in the State.

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