Bandits Gun Down DPO, 6 Security Operatives In Niger
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
On Tuesday, bandits killed at least seven security personnel, including CSP Umar Muhammed Dakin-Gari, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO in charge of Nasko, Magama Local Government Area, Niger State.
The event occurred around 1 p.m., according to reports.
The security operatives, which included the police, military, and local vigilantes, fought the gunmen who attempted to attack Nasko.
The DPO, two other police officers, and four vigilante members were killed during the gun war, according to DSP Wasiu Abiodun of the Niger State Police Command, who confirmed the incident.
Abiodun said, “On 15/03/2022 at about 1300hrs, armed bandits/terrorists invaded Nasko village, Magama LGA of Niger State.
“Police operatives with vigilante members were immediately mobilized by DPO Nasko and engaged the bandits in a fierce gun battle in which some the hoodlums were neutralised and others escaped with gunshot injuries. Unfortunately, during the gun battle, the DPO, two other policemen, and four vigilante members lost their lives.”
He said the Area Commander, Kotangora, had drafted reinforcement with the military personnel to the area to forestall break down of law and order.
He said the Command condoled with the families of officers and vigilante members who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident, while reassuring members of the public that the Command will not be deterred or relent in it’s effort to curb banditry in the State.