Four policemen have been killed with another kidnapped in an ambush on a police convoy by bandits along Birnin-Gwari Funtua Highway in Kano.
Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba, who confirmed the incident, said sixteen officers were attacked in the ambush which happened last Friday.
According to Mba, the officers were attached to Operation Puff Adder and deployed to Niger State to reclaim public space and tackle incidents of banditry, kidnapping, and other violent crimes in the area.
The police spokesperson revealed that the officers were heading back to their base in Kano after the completion of their special duty when they were ambushed.
The statement was titled, ‘PMF personnel successfully repel ambush attack on their convoy in Birnin-Gwari’.
It read, “Contrary to unconfirmed reports in some sections of the media stating that 18 officers were kidnapped, 16 officers were attacked in the ambush.
“The officers successfully repelled the attack accordingly and neutralised the bandits while many of the bandits scampered into the bush with gunshot injuries.
“Regrettably, four officers paid the supreme price during the exchange of gunfire between the police and the bandits while an officer is still missing.”