Five bandits operating on motorcycles shot dead, two arrested by security operatives

Some armed bandits were eliminated by a special taskforce team set up by the Niger State Government to drive out bandits from Allawa and neighbouring forests.

The bandits, numbering about 5, were said to have invaded Tegina in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State when they met their Waterloo in the bands of the taskforce team. The security operatives, killed 5 and arrested 2 of the bandits.

CRIMECHANNELS learnt that the bandits stormed the community in the early hours of Thursday, June 24 on motorcycles. Armed with AK 47 rifles, they started shooting sporadically thereby causing everyone to scamper for safety.

The bandits were said to have rustled several cattle and dispossessed the people of their property before trying to escape from the town.

The men of the taskforce, according to a report, got wind of the invasion and carried out a counter operation which led to the death of the five bandits and the arrest of two others.

The team also succeeded in recovering the cattle rustled and took back the property of the villagers from the gunmen.

Meanwhile, the Niger State Police Public Relations Officer,
DSP Abiodun Wasiu, confirmed the report. He said that some of the bandits were shot, but escaped into the forest.

“I have directed some security operatives to hunt them and bring them to justice, ” he added.

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