By Ogalah Ibrahim
An Assistant Commissioner of Police, Aminu Umar Dayi, in charge of Dutsinma Area Command in Katsina State, was ambushed and killed by bandits in a fierce gun battle on Tuesday.
According to one of the reports, the late Aminu, on Monday, led a police team to Kurfi where they killed one of the bandits’ commander.
Angered by the death of their commander, the assailants turned out en masse on Tuesday and laid an ambush in order to exert revenge.
Unknowingly, the late Dutsinma Area Commander, while leading his team on their usual clearance operation of the terrorists, were ambushed and overpowered by the hoodlums in a fierce gun encounter that eventually led to his death and that of another officer.
The late ACP had led the war against bandits on several occasions, leading to the killings and arrest of many of the hoodlums.
Confirming the report in a statement, the spokesperson of the Katsina Force Command, SP Gambo Isah said: “Today 06/07/2022 at about 1130hrs, a distress call was received that terrorists numbering over 300, on motorcycles, shooting sporadically with AK-47 rifles and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), ambushed ACP Aminu Umar, Area Commander, Dutsinma and team, while on clearance operation of recalcitrant bandits/terrorists, in Zakka forest, Safana LGA of Katsina state.
“Consequently, the Area Commander and one other gallantly lost their lives during a cross exchange of gun fire.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Idrisu Dabban Dauda, on behalf of the officers and men of the Command, expresses his deep sympathy to the family of the deceased and pray to almighty Allah to repose their souls in Jannatul Firdausi.
“Dabban reaffirms the Nigeria Police Force commitment on the ongoing onslaught against terrorism in the state until it is completely routed out.”