Suspected bandits have reportedly shot dead an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Aminu Umar Dayi, who was in charge of Dutsinma Area Command in Katsina State, in a fierce gun battle on Tuesday.
It was learnt that the deceased late Aminu, on Monday, led a police team to Kurfi where they killed one of the bandits’ commanders.
A source said the bandits who were angered by the death of their commander, turned out en masse on Tuesday and laid an ambush to vent their anger.
The source said the late Dutsinma Area Commander was killed while leading his team on their usual clearance operation of the terrorists.
It was gathered that the police team was ambushed and overpowered by the hoodlums in a fierce gun encounter which eventually led to his death and that of another officer.
Recall, that the late ACP had led the war against bandits on several occasions, leading to the killings and arrest of many of the hoodlums.
The spokesperson of the Katsina Force Command, SP Gambo Isah who confirmed the incident said: “Today 06/07/2022 at about 1130hrs, a distress call was received that terrorists numbering over 300, on motorcycles, shooting sporadically with AK-47 rifles and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), ambushed ACP Aminu Umar, Area Commander, Dutsinma and team, while on clearance operation of recalcitrant bandits/terrorists, in Zakka forest, Safana LGA of Katsina state.
“Consequently, the Area Commander and one other gallantly lost their lives during a cross-exchange of gunfire.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Idrisu Dabban Dauda, on behalf of the officers and men of the Command, expresses his deep sympathy to the family of the deceased and prays to Almighty Allah to repose their souls in Jannatul Firdausi.
“Dabba reaffirms the Nigeria Police Force commitment to the ongoing onslaught against terrorism in the state until it is completely rooted out.”