Bauchi — Six persons were killed and two others injured when gunmen attacked Gambiri village in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP. Hassan Auyo, who confirmed this yesterday in Bauchi, said preliminary investigations showed that the attackers were cattle rustlers.
“Our preliminary investigations show that the attackers were cattle rustlers,” he said.
The Director of Danga Vigilante outfit in Bauchi, Alhaji Yusuf Hassan, whose member was killed in the attack, said they were alerted by some villagers that Gambiri village was being attacked.
He said that by the time his men got to the village the attackers had fled.
“We received information that some gunmen attacked Gambiri village in Ganjuwa Local Government Area.
“Our men were dispatched to the area, but on reaching the place, they found out that the assailants had left.
“While conveying the dead and injured to the hospital, my men were ambushed and one of them was shot dead,” he said.
Hassan pledged that the incident would not deter the commitment of the outfit in its fight against crime and criminality in the state, and assured that the attackers would be brought to book.
He said those who lost their lives in the attack had been buried according to Islamic rites, while the injured were admitted at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, ATBTH, Bauchi.
….As IG laments attack, urges officers to double efforts
By KINGSLEY OMONOBI & GABRIEL EWEPU
ABUJA — THE Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday, expressed sadness over recent attacks by terrorists and kidnappers, and tasked officers and men of the Force to adopt new strategies to tackle the menace.
Abubakar said this in his address at the senior officers’ conference at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
He urged senior officers to redouble their efforts to further reduce activities of criminals.
He also stressed the importance of visibility policing in curbing criminal activities across the country.
He said: “There are still flashes of attacks that the imprints of extremism and terrorism. While efforts toward the success of the emergency rule are being intensified, proactive approaches must be adopted to tackle the menace.
“The isolated attacks were sad reminders that the battle for safety for the vast majority of our people is still a task that must be achieved. I enlist your enduring sacrifice to make Nigeria and indeed Nigerians comfortable to live in any part of the country that suits their choice.
“I need not stress the importance of visibility in most cases is adequate deterrence to crime and criminality.
“Kidnapping and armed robbery are still part of the vices that daily confront us. Your efforts to curb these menaces, I urge you to redouble your efforts to further reduce the frequency of these crimes to the barest minimum.”
Abubakar further charged the officers to re-jig existing security mechanisms to ensure safety of lives and property during the forthcoming festivals for end of year.
“It is important to stress that we are nearing the end of the year and activities are going to be frenzy. Four important festivals are all in line to come in quick succession. The Eid-El-Kabir, Independence, Christmas/Boxing Day, and New Year celebrations.
“We must therefore re-jig our existing security architecture and emplace proactive intelligence templates that will ensure that these events are marked in an atmosphere devoid of crisis or rise in criminal activities. You must put in extra efforts to achieve this,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force has asked Nigerians to discard information about any recruitment purportedly carried out by fraudsters who were on the prowl to deceive and dupe suspecting job seekers of their money.
The Force said in a statement: “It has come to the knowledge of the Nigeria Police Authorities that many young and able bodied Nigerian youths desirous of enlisting into the Nigeria Police Force were being hoodwinked by fraudsters into believing that the Force is currently engaged in recruitment and enlistment exercise.
“It has therefore become necessary to inform members of the public that no recruitment/enlistment exercise is taking place now at the Force headquarters or at the Force Headquarters or at any of our institutions, Commands and formations.
“The public is therefore advised not to fall victim by making monetary payments or any the considerations to fraudsters masquerading as agents of the police.”
CULLED – VANGUARD