Minna – Niger State Police Command said its operatives killed seven of the bandits that invaded
Kumbashi community in Mariga Local Government Area of the State, on Thursday.
Spokesman of the command, Wasiu Abiodun, said on Friday that the bandits were killed during a cross fire involving policemen, local vigilantes and the invading bandits .
Abiodun said the battle between the police, alongside local vigilantes, and the gunmen resulted in the death of the seven bandits.
He explained that upon sighting the gunmen, members of the community promptly alerted security personnel in the area, leading to seven fatalities, while others escaped with various degrees of injury.
He , however , noted that two vigilantes who sustained bullet wounds “had been taken to Kontagora General Hospital for treatment.
“Based on credible intelligence received that armed bandits who terrorize farmers within Kumbashi were sighted marauding at Kumbashi town, the security personnel engaged them in a fight and conquered them.
“Consequently, in continuation of the clearance operations in Niger State towards fighting banditry and other criminality, police tactical teams and local vigilantes/hunters stationed at Kumbashi town engaged the bandits in a shootout, and seven of the hoodlums were neutralised, while others escaped into the forest with gunshot injuries.”