By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA—THE Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has commiserated with the families of the four policemen, who were killed in an ambush on Saturday, in a forest in Kaduna State.
The police personnel, who were in the IGP Intelligence Response Team, were killed in Rigasa Forest, Kaduna State, while returning after a successful operations that led to the arrest of some vicious and notorious kidnap-for-ransom suspects, responsible for the kidnap of Sheikh Ahmad Adam Algarkawy, recently.
The Islamic cleric, who was held by the bandits in the forest has since regained his freedom.
The IGP, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, described the deceased police officers as ”Heroes of the Force.”
The statement said: “The IGP mourns the unfortunate death of the deceased Police officers and describes them as Heroes of the Force, who laid down their lives and paid the supreme price in ensuring protection of lives and properties, and law and order in the country.“
The statement added that in spite of the loss suffered by the Police, “the team leader and other personnel of the IGP-IRT repelled the attack and killed six of the bandits.
“Catches of firearms and ammunition were recovered from the bandits’ hideouts in Rigasa Forest.
“The IGP has directed befitting burials for the deceased officers and prompt processing and payments of the life assurance benefits and other entitlements to their families.”
It named the deceased Police officers as Inspector Bernard Odibo, Inspector Mamman Abubakar, Inspector Haruna Ibrahim and Sergeant Emmanuel Istifanus.
The statement added that: ”Meanwhile, massive raids and assaults on the other bandits still at large in the Rigasa Forest are ongoing to bring them to justice.
“The Nigeria Police Force, despite this unfortunate attack and killing of these policemen, will not relent in ensuring that crimes and criminalities are brought to the barest in the country.”