Three dead in Bauchi police, shootout between kidnappers

Two suspected kidnappers and a vigilante were killed in a shootout with a team of security guards at Toro local government area in Bauchi state.

An unknown number of suspected kidnappers escaped with gunshot wounds during the encounter between police officers attached to the Tulu division and an area vigilante group.

Bauchi State Command Public Relations Officer Ahmed Wakil said so in a statement made available to state reporters on Thursday.

He said intelligence reports available to Tulu Division Police indicated that suspected kidnappers blocked the Tulu-Rishi road on August 26, 2022 and abducted an Alhaji Alhassan Gambo from Anguwan Bawa in Kaduna State and shot down an Alh Mujitafa Usman from Funtua LGA Katsina. Indicate who was on a business trip in the area.

He added that upon receiving the information, the divisional police officer mobilized his men and the vigilante to pursue the suspects.

According to him, the team intercepted the suspected kidnappers at Doka Auwalu Mountain in Toro LGA, and engaged them in a shootout which killed two of them (kidnappers), adding that it was in the process that one members of the vigilante was also killed.

He said three kidnapped victims were rescued by the team unharmed.

The police spokesperson said: “As part of our commitment to suppressing criminal elements, on August 27, 2022 at around 9 p.m., credible intelligence available to the divisional police headquarters in Tulu on the activities suspected kidnappers, that on August 26, 2022 suspected kidnappers blocked the Tulu-Rishi road.

“They kidnapped an Alh Alhassan Gambo from anguwan Bawa, Kaduna State and shot dead an Alh Mujitafa Usman from Funtua LGA, Katsina State who was on a business trip to Tulu.

“Later, on August 28, 2022, a combined police team led by Tulu Division Divisional Police Officer and a vigilante set out to comb their enclave on an intelligence report.

“On August 29, 2022, suspected kidnappers were intercepted at Doka Auwalu Mountain of Tama ward Toro LGA, quickly engaged in a gunfight, following a hot exchange of superior firepower from the officers, two of the suspects were neutralized on the spot, while others were subdued and rushed in disarray with gunshot wounds into the nearby forest.

“Sadly, a vigilante member paid a supreme price in the process.

“As a result, the officers managed to rescue the following victims: Alh Alhassan Gambo, male (60) from Anguwan Bawa Kaduna State; Badamasi Saadu and Abdullahi Sani.

“The aforementioned victims were rescued by the officers unharmed and later reunited with their families after a medical examination.”

Wakil said after intense tracking and surveillance in the area, two suspects were apprehended during the operation and were found wandering aimlessly in the area.

He said an investigation was underway to establish whether or not they were linked to the alleged kidnappers.

“While congratulating the officers, Police Commissioner, CP Umar Mamman Sanda also sympathized with the family of the vigilante member who sacrificed his life while protecting the lives and property of citizens,” he said.

Similarly, the PPRO further said that detectives attached to the Command’s Rapid Response Brigade, led by the Commander, arrested 22 youths, mostly teenagers, who belong to a notorious group of thugs.

He said the thugs who were heavily armed with dangerous weapons attacked members of a vigilante in the Bakin Kura district of the Bauchi metropolis.

According to him, the suspects inflicted serious injuries on two members of the group.

He said: “On August 30, 2022 at around 1:00 p.m., intelligence was available to the command that on the same day at around 12:35 p.m., a group of notorious thugs attacked members of the office of the peace and security committee of Bakin Kura, armed with cutlasses, knives. , sticks and other dangerous weapons, thus ruthlessly inflicting serious injuries on the following members of the committee, namely: Danladi Suleiman (32 years old) and Yakubu Ibrahim (42 years old).

“Upon receiving the information, a team of detectives led by Commander Rapid Response Squad (RRS) quickly responded to the scene and successfully arrested twenty-two (22) male suspects.”

He gave the names of the suspects are: Aliyu Adamu, alias U’U (15 years old) from Bakaro; Ukasha Abubakar aka Ukasha Yaro (20) from Kofar mukaddas; Abdulmalik Abdullahi aka Abba Juga (18) from Kandahar; Nura Inuwa alias yellow (17 years old) from Bakaro; Umar Abdullahi aka Faruq (18) from Malan Goje; Mohammed Koli alias uncle (18 years old); Umar Sulaiman alias Babaji (23 years old) and Ibrahim Idris alias Iri (15 years old).

The others are: Kabiru Shehu (14); Musa Usman aka Maidawa (14 years old); Buhari Sani aka Di Maria (18 years old); Aliyu Yakubu aka Ali luta; Isah Nuhu aka Halacci; Abdulsamat Aliyu aka Maikaji; Muhammad Umar aka Dan wasa and
Aliyu Adamu Aliyu aka Remo.

According to him, the other people arrested are: Abubakar Adamu alias Habule; Mujahid Abdullahi aka James; Ibrahim Yunusa aka Dan-mama; Mubarak Ismail aka Dangongo; Abdullahi Garba alias Dan Alhaji and Khalid Kabiru alias Abba (21 years old).

“During the investigation, contraband items, namely a sharp animal horn, a knife, a block of green leaves suspected to be cannabis, 83 pieces of suspected diazepam (tablet D5) and 138 yellow tablets suspected to be diazepam (D5) were found in one of the suspects Ibrahim Inusa, aka Dan Mama.

“Subsequently, all the suspects confessed to the crime, with the Commissioner of Police, CP Umar Mamman Sanda, ordering that the suspects be brought to justice.

“In accordance with our constitutional mandate to maintain public order and ensure the safety and well-being of the citizens of the State at all times, the Commissioner of Police has ordered that a special operation be organized to protect the citizens, especially in this period.

“Therefore, coordinated patrols and surveillance would be conducted at strategic locations across the state to ensure that any criminal element is apprehended and demobilized without collateral damage to citizens,” he said.

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