The Kaduna State Police Command says its operatives killed four suspected bandits, recovered firearms and ammunition and an operational vehicle.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mohammad Jalige, disclosed this on Thursday in a statement issued in Kaduna.
Jalige said that the successful operation was sequel to the sustained onslaught against banditry and other criminal elements in the State.
He said: “The operatives of the Special Tactical Squad, Force Headquarters, Abuja in conjunction with Operation Yaki, Kaduna State Command, on June 15, at about 06:50hrs, while on the trail of suspected bandits intercepted their target along Saminaka-Jos expressway.”
According to him, the suspects were in a blue coloured Sharon vehicle driven by one of the suspects, a 31-year-old man from Vom town in Jos South Local Government Area, Plateau State.
The Police PRO said: “The suspected bandits, on sensing an unavoidable danger, stopped while on their way to deliver some dangerous weapons to their cohorts.
“They immediately engaged the operatives firing sporadically.
“However, the operatives with tactical precision were able to terminally injure four suspects.
“The injured suspects were evacuated to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna, where they were pronounced dead by a medical doctor.”
Jalige further said that the encounter lasted for about 30 minutes and the fire power of the Police forced them to retreat into the forest with bullet wounds.
He said that when a search was conducted on their vehicle and around the vicinity, one AK49 rifle loaded with six rounds of live ammunition, one AK47 rifle, one empty magazine, 134 rounds of different calibers of live ammunition and their operational vehicle were recovered.
He also disclosed that the operation led to the arrest of a female accomplice.
He said that the female accomplice in the course of investigation confessed to be supplying arms and ammunition to bandits within Kaduna State.
Jalige said discreet investigation into the case has been instituted with a view to unravelling the identities of other members of the criminal gang.
He said that the police are also investigating the source of the suspects’ dangerous weapons in order to avert future occurrences and make the criminals to face the full wrath of the law.
He said the Commissioner, Kaduna State Police Command, Yekinin Ayoku, applauded “this clinically executed intelligence-led tactical operation that has occasioned this breakthrough.”
Ayoku, he said, reassured the good people of Kaduna Atate that the Command would be unrelenting under the direction of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba.
He said the command would also be relentless with the robust support from the Kaduna State Government and the active synergy with other security agencies in the fight against crime.
Jalige said: “The CP equally called on members of the public to continue to support the Police with useful information about all and sundry criminal activities.
“The Police under his watch would promptly treat such information with dispatch and absolute confidentiality.”