…Police Command recovers one RPG and one G3 Rifle***
… As Operation Burst apprehends 7 suspected robbery gang members in Ibadan***
But for the most benevolent Allah, two bandits who strayed, early morning Friday into Sabon Birni area of Sokoto State could have wrecked unimaginable havoc.
The bandits who came on Okada motorcycle, fully armed, around 7.45 am according to the Sokoto State Police Command Spokesman, ASP Muhammad A. Sadiq, had hardly touched ground than information was relayed to the State Police Commissioner, who promptly tasked the Divisional Police Officer to go after them.
Sadiq highlighted that a Divisional Patrol Team subsequently sighted them along S/Birni – Garki village and the two motorcyclists suspected to be armed bandits, took off.
They were therefore pursued until they reached Garki village when their motorcycle hit the pavement of the road and they fell down; only to suddenly open fire on the Patrol Team.
“The Police in conjunction with the vigilantes swiftly responded to the attack; as a result the two bandits lost their lives”, Sadiq stated further, adding that items which included one RPG with Breech No. M80 and one G3 Rifle with Breech No. 63660 were retrieved from them before their corpses were evacuated to general hospital S/Birni for autopsy, while investigation commenced in earnest.
“The Commissioner of Police Sokoto, CP Ibrahim Sani Ka’oje vows to bring the remnants of the bandits to face the wrath of the law. The CP also solicits stronger community partnership in Policing the State”, the Police Public Relations Officer also said.
In the meantime, the Oyo State joint security outfit, Operation Burst, has apprehended seven suspected members of an armed robbery gang in Ibadan.
The Director-General of the outfit, Col. James Ajibola (rtd.), while parading the suspects on Friday in Ibadan, said that they were nabbed by the operatives at Olomi area, Ibadan, during a night patrol.
He said that his team was making frantic efforts to ensure that they fulfilled the mandate given to them by Gov. Seyi Makinde to combat crimes in the state.
He said that Operation Burst came up after credible intelligence reports that areas like Olomi, Olodo and Olose, all in Ibadan, were being terrorised by armed robbers.
Ajibola said that men of the outfit carried out surveillance of the areas during the day and later swung into action.
He warned other armed robbery gangs lurking around in the state to desist from their heinous acts or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.
It was reported that the items recovered from the suspected armed robbers included motorcycles, one locally-made pistol, two cartridges, three cutlasses, charms and cash.
Ajibola said that the seven suspects had been transferred to the Police Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Iyaganku, Ibadan, for further investigations and prosecution.