Four policemen have been shot to death by Kaduna bandits in Rigasa, Igabi local government area of Kaduna state. The policemen were in Rigasa on a rescue mission when they engaged with the bandits and exchanged gunfire. The three inspectors and a sergeant were killed in the battle, the Kaduna State Police Command confirmed.
A spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Yakubu Sabo confirmed that the four police officers were members of the Intelligence Rapid Respons team set up by the inspector-general of the Nigerian police force. Yakubu Sabo sent a statement to newsmen confirming the incident and assured the surviving members of the team that the killers would be apprehended.
“At about 6.30a.m. on Saturday, a team of detectives attached to IGP IRT while on operation along Jankasa village of Rigasa, Kaduna was ambushed by armed bandits. After a fierce gun battle, four of our policemen paid the supreme sacrifice,” Sabo confirmed. He also disclosed that the Nigerian police force has sent other police officers to Rigasa to help improve the security of the region.
Reacting to the sad event, Senator Shehu Sani offered condolences to the friends and families of the deceased. The senator representing Kaduna Central also urged the security agencies to rise against the killings that have plagued Nigeria. He tweeted, “The Killing of four policemen in Kaduna by Kidnappers is condemnable. Enough of these kidnappings and killings. All security agencies and the general public must rise up against this atrocious crime. My condolences to the families of the deceased.”
The commander of the Intelligent Response Team; DCP Abba Kyari confirmed the incident. He also said that no stone would be left unturned as they hunt down the killers. Their murdered officers are Inspector Benard Odibo, with Force number 148333; Inspector Mamman Abubakar, with Force number 181539; Inspector Haruna Ibrahim, with AP/No. 192938 and Sergeant Emmanuel Istifanus, with Force number 267815. The bodies of the four policemen were deposited at Saint Gerald Hospital Mortuary Kaduna State for autopsy.