During a gunfight between police and bandits in Plateau State, six bandits, a policeman, and a member of the local vigilante organization were killed.
The event occurred on Monday in the Mangu Local Government Area’s Kwoi village, Gindiri district.
Plateau State, in North Central Nigeria, has been in upheaval in recent months as a result of bandit and militia attacks.
The Plateau Police Command’s spokeswoman, Ubah Ogaba, confirmed the news in a statement on Tuesday.
He said the command received reliable information regarding the activities of a notorious gunrunning ring at Kwoi Village in the Mangu local government area of the State around 2 p.m. on Monday.
According to Ogaba, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Mangu, police operatives affiliated to Mangu Division, military men, and local vigilante were mobilized and quickly proceeded to the location after receiving the information.
He added that when the hoodlums saw the team, they engaged them in a gunfight, but that due to the operatives’ tactical operating capability and superior weaponry, six of the hoodlums were killed, while the rest fled with gunshot wounds.
However, according to Ogaba, one Insp Abdulrahaman Isah, Commander of the IGP’s IRT in Mangu, and one Hassan Mohammed, a local vigilante member, bravely paid the ultimate price.
Three AK-47 weapons were discovered from the area, according to a police spokeswoman.