Bauchi State Police Command has said that its men and officers have killed three armed robbers in one fell swoop after a gun battle that lasted some minutes.
A statement by the Command’s spokesman, DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar said that the operation was carried out by combined team of Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit in conjunction with a renowned hunter, Alhaji Ali Kwara, acting on credible intelligence.
The statement said that the security operatives trailed the suspects to Maladunba forest in Misau local government area as they were planning to attack unsuspecting members of the public.
It said that on sighting the team, the suspects engaged them on fierce shoot out which lasted for some minutes, adding that as a result, the three suspected armed robbers sustained fatal injuries and were taken to General Hospital Misau where a medical Doctor certified them dead.
The statement listed items recovered from the suspects to include three AK47 riffles,. One locally made fabricated double barrel gun, two hundred and ten live ammunition of 7.62mm caliber, six cartridges of double barrel gun, three empty magazines of AK47 riffle, one Golf 3 wagon operational vehicle, silver in colour with registration number AH 471 GWA, one cutlass, two pairs of Police uniform and the sum of sixteen thousand nine hundred naira.
The police said that the case is under investigation even as it also announced the recovery of 83 prohibited/illegal firearms and 702 live ammunition from suspected criminals and persons that voluntarily surrendered their firearms to the Command.
They include 30 AK47 rifles, one AK49 riffle, 20 fabricated guns, five single barrel guns, two double guns, four pumps action guns, one K2 riffle, 20 pistols, 702 live ammunition and 70 cartridges.
The Bauchi police Command called on individuals and groups who are yet to surrender Prohibited/Illegal firearms in their possession to take advantage of the extension of ultimatum approved by the IGP and surrender such firearms to it.
“The Command equally calls on the general public to avail the Police with useful information on persons in possession of firearms or where such firearms are kept or any information that will assist the Command in the fight against crime.”