By Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
In its resolved to rid the society of all forms of criminality, the Bauchi State Police Command has killed three armed robbery suspects in Maladunba forest, while acting on intelligence report.
This was made known on Tuesday by the Spokesman of the Command, DSP Kamal Datti, while speaking to journalists at the Commands' Headquarters in Bauchi.
The Police image maker said, "On the 06/04/2018 a combined team of IGP Monitoring Unit in conjunction with a renowned hunterm Alhaji Ali Kwara, acting on credible intelligence, trailed three (3) suspected Armed Robbers to Maladunba forest in Misau LGA, who were, allegedly, planning to attack unsuspecting members of the public.
On sighting the team, the spokesman said, the suspects engaged them in a fierce shoot out, which lasted for some minutes. As a result, the three suspected armed robbers sustained fatal injuries and were taken to the General Hospital at Misau, where a Medical Doctor certified them dead".
He said, recovers from the late suspects include; three AK47 Riffles, one locally made Double barrel gun, 210 live ammunition of 7.62mm, six cartridges of double gun and three (6) empty magazines of AK47 Riffle.
DSP Kamal, who gave other exhibits recovered as; 1 Golf 3 wagon operational vehicle, silver in color with reg. No. AH 471 GWA, One cutlass, two pairs of police uniform and the sum 16,000, said the case is under investigation.
The police public relations officer also said 83 prohibited and illegal fire arms, 70 cartridges and 702 live ammunition have been retrieved from suspected criminals and persons who voluntarily surrendered them to the police in Bauchi.
He said the development came following the 21 days ultimatum handed down to members of the public by Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris to surrender any illegal fire arms in their possession to the various police commands across the country.
Kamal said in compliance to the directive the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Lemu. constituted a committee to ensure total enforcement of the directive in Bauchi.
"You may recall that on 21/02/2018, the IG of police, Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, Mni issued a 21 days ultimatum (now extended to 30th of April, 2018) to the general public, individuals and groups, who are in possession and using prohibited/illegal fire arms to surrender them to the Commissioner of Police in the state they are domiciled," DSP Kamal said.
He explained that, the IG of Police had also directed all police Commissioners across the country to set-up Police Joint Task Enforcement Team in their various commands for mop-up seizure and recovery of illegal and prohibited fire arms and ammunitions from wrong hands.
The PPRO therefore used the opportunity of the briefing, to call on all individuals and groups, who are yet to surrender illegally acquired fire arms to make good use of the extended period to do so and the general public to leak to the police useful information on any person in possession of fire arms or where they are kept to enable the police fight crime in the state.