A police commander ,Abdulrahman Isah, has been killed on Monday in an attack by gunrunners in Kwoi village, Mangu LGA of Plateau state.
killed in the attack alongside the police officer is a vigilante Hassan Mohammed.
Confirming the unfortunate incident, the police spokesman Ubah Ogaba in a statement on Tuesday, said the police along with local vigilantes have been deployed in the area after receiving information on activities of gunrunners.
The police spokesman said the gunrunners engaged them in a gun duel which led to the death of the commander and the vigilante, while six of the gunrunners were also killed.
“On 23/08/2021 at about 1400hrs, the command received credible information about the activity of a notorious syndicate of gunrunners at Kwoi Village, in Mangu LGA of the State. On receipt of the information, the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) based in Mangu, Police Operatives attached to Mangu Division, STF and local vigilante were mobilized and swiftly raced to the area,” the statement reads.
“On sighting the team, the hoodlums engaged them in a gun duel. But because of the tactical operational capability and superior gunfire of the Operatives, six of the hoodlums were neutralized while others fled with various degrees of bullets wounds.Advertisement
“Exhibits recovered from them include Three AK 47 Rifles with Breach Nos 868, 106076 and 123487.
“Regrettably, one Inspector Abdulrahaman Isah who is the Commander IGP’s Intelligence Response Team based in Mangu and one Hassan Mohammed a local vigilante gallantly paid the supreme price.”
The police spokesman added that investigation on the matter is in progress.
The sad development is coming just days after five people were killed at Chando-Zrrechi village, Miango district of Bassa LGA of Plateau state.
Also, just about two weeks ago, 22 travellers returning to Ondo state from Bauchi were killed and another 14 injured along Rukuba highway in Jos North LGA of the state.