Armed Bandits Attacked Police Station For Sophisticated Weapons

In the middle of its election fever, tension gripped Kano City Nigeria yesterday as a gang of armed bandits, attacked the Sharada Divisional Police Station of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), killing at least two officers in an ensuing gun duel, while leaving another officer in a critical condition at the Murtala Mohammed Hospital in the state.

The affected officers include an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and an Inspector, both of whom were confirmed killed in the duel, while the other officer is a corporal, whose stomach was ripped apart with a local knife by the gang.

The bandits, suspected to made up of about 25 persons, attacked the station, sited in one of the industrial locations in the state, at about 4 a.m in the morning, while pretending to be religious mullahs, chanting prayers and incantations. They were said to have besieged the station from three different intersecting directions before converging on the police station and opened fire.

Although the motive of this crime could not be ascertained, it was, however, speculated that they may be persons, who had their eyes on stealing the police arms as it was reliably gathered that they made away with large number of arms and ammunition after the few remaining officers had fled for the safety of their lives, when it became obvious that the police had been overpowered by the gang.

While the gang that attacked the police men came with locally made pistols, they made away with sophisticated weapons which, had great implications for the security of the state, more so as the election dates are just around the corner.

About 24 hours earlier, four officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were shot dead by a gang of suspected armed robbers at their duty post, a few kilometers from the scene of the present attack.

At the Bompai Police headquarters, top police officers in the state including the command’s spokesman, DSP Baba Mohammed, held a crucial meeting, which might not be unconnected with the killing of their officers and the new wave of crime in the state. So far, the command has not made any official comment.

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