A combined team of Police and military operatives foiled a mission by bandits on the Kaduna-Abuja Highway on Monday.
The team killed one of the bandits and recovered one AK-47 rifle and nine of their operational motorcycles.
The Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident in a statement in Kaduna on Monday.
According to DSP Jalige: “The dividends of the renewed vigor and purposeful synergy between the Police and the military in Kaduna State came to the fore yet again on Monday 13th June 2022 at about 0255hrs when the combined team of Police Operation Puff Adder and that of the Nigerian army Operation Thunder Strike while on routine patrol along Kaduna –Abuja highway at Sabon Sara had an encounter with armed bandits’ who were on their nefarious mission along the busy highway.
“The marauding armed bandits were intercepted at the above mentioned point where exchange of fire ensued as a result of which the friendly forces succeeded in truncating the bandits mission forcing them to retreat into the forest as one bandit was neutralized,” it said.
The statement explained that upon search of the general area, an AK47 rifle and nine bandits operational motorcycles were recovered while the high spirited operatives are not resting on their oars in ensuring the safety of motorists and other legitimate road users.
“The Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State, CP Yekini A. Ayoku psc (+)mni, is highly elated with the exemplary commitment and gallantry exhibited by this combined team and assured them that their sacrifices towards ensuring public safety will not go unrewarded.
“As it is expected that the injured criminal elements will be hibernating around the nearby communities to access healthcare services, the CP called on the general public to report any person or group nursing gunshot wound to the nearest security formation as he assured them of prompt response at all time,” it said.