Zamfara state command of Nigeria Police says it has recovered eight AK-47 Rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun GPMG, one Rocket Launcher, one Rocket and five Magazines at Bandits Enclaves known as ‘ Bayan Ruwa’ in Maradun LGA of the state.
CP Ayuba Elkana, Commissioner of Police Zamfara state Command made the disclosure during end of the year press conference, held at Zamfara State Command Headquarters, Gusau.
He said the ongoing Military, Police and other security agencies operations at various bandit’s location has been recording tremendous result and successes.
” You would recall that, last month alone, during my two separate Press Briefings, we have showcased thirteen (13) AK-47 rifles recovered by our Police operatives during a gun battle with the bandits at some locations in Shinkafi and Maradun respectively,”
” As a follow-up to that achievements, on 15th December, 2021 our Police Tactical operatives on bush clearance operation at Maradun forest, acted on intelligence information, stormed a suspected bandit’s hideout near Bayan Ruwa.”
He maintained that the operatives had an encounter with the hoodlums thereby neutralizing many of them while others escaped with possible gunshot wounds, noting that In the course of combing and searching the scene, 8 AK-47 rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one Rocket launcher, one Rocket and five magazines were recovered by the operatives.
Similarly, the Commissioner said on 18th December, 2021 at about 1700hrs, a group of Bandits numbering about fifty stormed the above villages with intend to attack the communities and Police Mobile operatives attached to 42 PMF Squadron Gusau were alerted of the situation, they responded promptly and repelled the attack after a serious gun battle.
” At the end of the encounter, one of the bandits was fatally injured while others escaped with gunshot wounds. An AK-47 rifle with four rounds of live ammunition belonging to the bandits was recovered by the operatives.”
Mr Elkana pointed out that on 19th December, 2021 at about 1400hrs, Police Tactical operatives led by DPO Bungudu responded to a distress call at Tudun Masu where large number of armed bandits stormed the village and rustled sixty nine (69) cows.
According to him, The Police operatives successfully repelled the bandits after a serious gun battle that lasted for hours.
” The Sixty-nine rustled cows have been recovered. 60 cows were identified by their rightful owners and handed over to them, while the remaining nine have been transferred to the State Government committee for the recovery of stolen livestock for further action.
The Commissioner explained that as crime and criminalities are becoming more and more sophisticated, there is the need to improve strategies to confront the new trend by not only improving on operational capabilities but also investigative prowess.
” The Command and other security agencies intend to map out strategies that could improve on the successes achieved in 2021.
These according to him could be achieve through training and retraining of personnel on the areas of fighting criminals, weapons handling, respect of human rights dignity and full implementation of community policing relationship.
He further explained that the Year 2022 will witness by God willing, improved synergy with all the critical stakeholders that will usher in a new economically viable and politically stable Zamfara State.