Police said yesterday that they had shot dead two suspected killers of IG Intelligence Response Team (IRT) at Sabon Birni village in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The state Acting Commissioner of Police, DCP Ahmad Kontagora, disclosed this at a news conference in Kaduna. Kontagora said the police, since the incident, had embarked on intensive manhunt of the perpetrators and other cases of crime within the command to arrest and bring all the culprits to book.
He said: “The successes recorded in the fight against crime and criminality in Kaduna Command during the few weeks under review shows that on August 16, the IG Special Tactical Squad (STS) alongside operatives from ‘Operation Yaki,’ acted on intelligence and raided an armed robbers/ kidnappers’ hide out at Sabon Birni village.
“After a fierce gun duel with the bandits, two suspected bandits were fatally injured and rushed to Barau Dikko Hospital, Kaduna for treatment but were confirmed dead on arrival.” The commissioner, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said arms recovered from the suspects included one AK47 rifle and five live ammunition.
He said: “Investigations reveal that the suspects belong to the gang of criminals terrorising Birnin Gwari axis and are responsible for the killing of one Inspector Felix Yohanna attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) last year.
“He was killed at Walawa forest and the four IG IRT personnel died in an ambush at Jankasa.” Kontagora said the command’s Anti- Kidnapping Squad and FSARS as well as the SIB had also recorded additional successes in arresting suspected criminals and made recoveries of exhibits during the period.
He added: “They include seven suspected kidnappers, eight suspected armed robbers, four suspected notorious fraudsters and three suspected shop breakers. “We recovered three AK47 rifles, three magazines with 20 rounds of ammunition, two motor vehicles mainly Golf Wagon with registration Number ES 904 FST and a Toyota Corolla with number plate RBC 04 MQ, all blue in colour.”
The commissioner said the suspects had made useful statements and were still undergoing investigation and would be charged to court on completion of investigation.
Kontagora assured members of the public that the command would not relent in its efforts in fighting all forms of crime and criminality in the state.
He appealed to the public to continue to assist the police and other security agencies with useful information about the activities of persons likely to constitute danger to the society, to ensure effective crime prevention and control.
The IGP, IRT operatives were ambushed on August 11 at Jankasa village of Rigasa in Igabi Local Government Area.