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Armed Bandits attack Divisional Police HQ in Sokoto, kill DPO, Inspector.

A divisional police headquarters at Gidan Madi in Tangaza Local Government Area off Sokoto state  was attacked by armed bsndits on Thursday with two officers killed.

The Police Public Relations Officer for Sokoto State, Muhammed Sadiq, in a statement, said the armed men numbering about 100, in military uniform, attacked the divisional headquarters around 1.30 am.

“During the attack and an overwhelmingly heavy exchange of fire, the DPO, DSP Aliyu Bello and one Inspector Muhammad Abdullahi were shot dead, while one ASP Sani Abdullahi sustained injury on his leg,” the PPRO said.

Sadiq said the State cCmmissioner of Police, Ibrahim Kaoje, immediately led a team of officers to the scene of the incident.The commissioner, assessed the situation, convened an emergency meeting with the sole administrator, district head, heads of sister security agencies, including the Forward Operation Base Commander of the Nigerian Army, and other stakeholders with a view to strengthening the security architecture of the area in order to forestall further attacks and bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.

Tangaza is a border community along Nigeria’s border with Niger Republic.

Meanwhile, the DCP in charge of the state Criminal Investigation Department has commenced investigation in earnest, while intelligence reports are also being gathered for aerial support.”

Recall that Nigeria Mourns, a nongovernmental organisation, recently said at least 1,165 people were killed in violent attacks in the Northwestern region of Nigeria between January and August this year.

A total of 113 people were also kidnapped in the region in the last eight months.


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