Four robbery suspects have died during a shootout with operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command.
The incident, according to the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh, occurred on Monday afternoon around Jere area in Kagarko Local Government Area of the state in northwest Nigeria.
Mr Abeh said the suspects were on their way for a robbery operation before the police intercepted them.
He said the feat was made following intelligence information that the suspected robbers were on their way for an operation.
The Police Commission also disclosed that operatives of the command arrested a dismissed police officer who has been terrorising residents of the state capital in the name of the command.
He added that members of another robbery gang, who specialise in shop theft and car snatching, were also apprehended by his men in different parts of the state.
Items recovered from the suspects include 10 AK 47 rifles, live ammunition, a stolen Toyota Camry vehicle, a police uniform and stolen clothes and jewelleries.
Mr Abeh further assured the residents of water-tight security across the state ahead of the planned diversion of the Abuja bound passengers to the Kaduna International Airport which had been scheduled to take effect from March 8.
One of the suspects, who claimed to have been dismissed from the police since 2015 for alleged involvement in some criminal acts, confessed to the crime.
He told reporters that he had been impersonating as a police officer in order to earn a living.
Policemen attached to the ‘Operation Yaki’ security outfit in Kaduna have recovered over 500 cows and sheep that were stolen from herdsmen in Jere, Kagarko Local Government Area of the state while suspected rustlers were also arrested.
At the handing over of the recovered animals to their owners, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Internal Security, Mr Yakubu Yusuf, said that the state government was not leaving any stone unturned in its effort to flush cattle rustlers and other criminal elements out of the state.
Cattle rustling has become an emerging security challenge that has continued to threaten human security and economic activities in the rural pastoralists’ communities and commercial farms in Kaduna state, and some other parts of Northern Nigeria.
The Governor’s Security Adviser explained that the recovery was made possible through intelligence information from members of the public.
He applauded the contribution of security operatives for their role in ensuring that activities of rustlers and other criminals are reduced to the barest minimum across the state.
In their response after taking delivery of the recovered animals, members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, commended the security agencies and Kaduna State government for their effort in flushing rustlers out of the state.
Attacks on pastoralists have become a reoccurring issue in Kaduna State, in most cases, the entire villages and herders’ camps are displaced.
The emergence of the joint task force operation against cattle rustling and armed banditry in the state, is expected to bring the crimes to the barest minimum.
Gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers have killed two German tourists in a bush bordering Kaduna State and the Federal Capital Territory.
The two German nationals were said to be staff of Julius Berger Nigeria PLC and were on a site scene when they were attacked by the suspected cattle rustlers. Their bodies were abandoned by the gunmen who fled the area immediately.
The incident was said to have occurred between Runji and Idu in the Bwari Area Council Abuja, the nation’s capital, very close to the boundary with Kaduna and Nasarawa States.
An indigene of the village told Channels Television that the deceased, who were riding motorcycles, were mistaken for vigilantes by the rustlers who were heading towards Abuja with dozens of cattle stolen from Kagarko in Kaduna State.
Police authorities at Jere, the headquarters of Kagarko Local Government in Kaduna State confirmed the incident, but stated that the place where the incident occurred was not within their areas of jurisdiction.