…As Gov. Zulum mourns Col. Dahiru Bako killed by insurgents in Borno***
A combined team of policemen and members of vigilante groups have arrested three suspected bandits in their hideout in the forest in the Igbeti-Kishi area of Oyo state.
This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Ibadan by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi.
Fadeyi said the joint security team engaged the daredevil bandits in a shootout at their hideout in the forest in the Igbeti-Kishi area of the state on Sunday at about 7.00pm and arrested three while some escaped with bullet wounds.
The PPRO also said that four AK 47 rifles were recovered with five magazines and 67 rounds of live ammunition.
“On 20/09/20 at about 7pm, a combined team of the police and vigilante groups encountered daredevil bandits in the forest along Igbeti Kisi area in the hideout of the bandits and three suspects were arrested while some escaped with bullets wounds.
“Four AK 47 rifles with five magazines and 67 rounds of live ammunition, N78,000, four handsets and assorted charms were recovered.
“Also, one AK49 rifle was recovered with 16 live ammunition by the joint security agents and vigilantes.
“Efforts have been intensified to arrest the fleeing suspects with wounds while the case has been transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for investigation,” Fadeyi said.
In another development, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has condoled with the Nigerian Army over the demise of Col. Dahiru Bako, killed in an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents.
Bako was ambushed on Sept. 20 while leading his troops on clearance at Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis in Damboa Local Government Area of the state.
Zulum, whose condolence message was in a statement released by his Special Adviser Media and Strategies, Malam Isa Gusau in Maiduguri on Monday, said the sacrifices of the senior and other slain soldiers would not be in vain.
He said: “It was public knowledge that I liked late Col. Bako and so did many people.
“Bako was a true soldier who inspired his troops and led them to frontlines with exceptional courage that was clearly out of pure patriotism.
“He fought very hard and very well. He defeated many enemies of peace and protected many sons and daughters of Borno State to the extent that he gave his life defending the people.
“By the grace of God, the supreme sacrifices made by Col. Bako and many other heroes like him in the armed forces and volunteers shall not be in vain.
“The deaths of our heroes, sad as they are, only reinforce our confidence in the strong will exhibited by our gallant troops and volunteers, that defending our country comes ahead of everything.
“The people of Borno will forever be grateful to late Col. Bako and everyone like him. We pray that Allah forgives his shortcomings and those of all our fallen heroes.”
The governor pledged his administration’s continued support to the Nigerian army to enable its personnel to execute the counter-terrorism campaign and restore total normalcy in the state.