Gunmen suspected to be bandits attacked a community in Plateau State, killing a commander of the Inspector-General Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and seven others.
The state’s police spokesperson, Ubah Ogaba, in a statement on Tuesday, identified the slain officer as Inspector Abdulrahaman Isah.
Ogaba said the assailants attacked Kwoi community in the Mangu Local Governement Area (LGA) of the state where the victims, including a vigilante were killed.
Ogaba said, “On 23/08/2021 at about 1400hrs, the command received credible information about the activity of a notorious syndicate of gunrunners at Kwoi Village, in Mangu LGA of the State. On receipt of the information, the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) based in Mangu, Police Operatives attached to Mangu Division, STF and local vigilante were mobilized and swiftly raced to the area.
“On sighting the team, the hoodlums engaged them in a gun duel. But because of the tactical operational capability and superior gunfire of the Operatives, six of the hoodlums were neutralized while others fled with various degrees of bullets wounds.
“Exhibits recovered from them include Three AK 47 Rifles with Breach Nos 868, 106076 and 123487.
“Regrettably, one Insp. Abdulrahaman Isah who is the Commander IGP’s Intelligence Response Team based in Mangu and one Hassan Mohammed a local vigilante gallantly paid the supreme price.”
The police noted that the investigation has since commenced.