The Nigeria Police Force spokesman, Frank Mba has revealed that four policemen have been killed and one officer kidnapped in an ambush on a police convoy by bandits along Birnin-Gwari Funtua Highway in Kano.
According to him, the officers are personnel attached to Operation Puff Adder and deployed to Niger State in the sustained operation to reclaim public space.
He revealed that the team was deployed to tackle incidences of banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the area.
“Contrary to unconfirmed reports in some sections of the media that 18 officers were kidnapped, only 16 were attacked in the ambush.
“The officers successfully repelled the attack accordingly and neutralised the bandits in their tens while many others scampered into the bush with gun shot injuries.
“Regrettably, four of the Officers paid the supreme price during the exchange of gun fire between the police and the bandits while an officer is still missing,” he said.
Mba further revealed that the remaining 11 officers led by their Unit Commander successfully recovered the bodies and firearms of their fallen colleagues.
He also added that concerted efforts were being intensified to rescue the officer still missing.
He also noted that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, commended personnel attached to the unit for repelling the attack on their convoy.