Police kill 14 Bandits in Benue Gun Duel – Nexus News

The Nigeria Police Force in Katsina-Ala Local Council of Benue State killed not less than 14 bandits in the early hours of yesterday during a shootout.

In a report gathered through a source in the area, over 50 armed bandits driving in Toyota Corolla cars attacked the Katsina-Ala Police Station, where some of their associates were detained, but met tough resistance from the police officers.

The police, who were already alert for a possible attack by the bandits, reportedly fired back at the invaders in a gun duel and overpowered them.

Most of the bandits eluded with gun wounds, while two of them were captured alive, the source reported.

Nexus news media also gathered that the intensity of the gun combat between the police and the bandits put the residents in the area in panic mode.

Confirming the occurrence to newsmen yesterday, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Catherine Anene, revealed that the Police gunned down 14 of the bandits during the attack.

Catherine Anene

Anene said: “It is no longer news that a series of operations are going on in Katsina-Ala. These activities are geared towards a total clampdown on bandits’ activities in the area. On June 19, 2021, five bandits were arrested and detained at Katsina-Ala Police Division for investigation and prosecution. On June 20, 2021, at about 0130hrs, more than 50 other gang members of the detainees mobilised and invaded the police station to rescue their members.

“Officers at the division, who were already on the alert, engaged the bandits in a gun duel and were able to subdue them. Fourteen of them were brought down during the exchange of fire, while several others escaped with gunshot injuries.”

She also added that security operatives in the area were on the trail of the bandits.

The PPRO urged the people of Katsina-Ala town to remain calm and provide useful information about the bandits to the Nigeria Police Force.

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