Gunmen suspected to be bandits, on Thursday, killed the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Gidan Madi police station in Tangaza Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
The gunmen also killed another police officer said to be the DPO’s orderly, before abducting two wives of a prominent businessman in the area.
According to reports, the attackers struck around 1.00am.
It was gathered that the bandits first stormed the station, killed the officers, cart away guns, before abducting the women.
ASP Muhammad Sadiq, spokesperson of the Sokoto State police command, who confirmed the attack to Daily Trust, said:
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“At the moment, it is confirmed that there was an unwarranted attack on the Gidan Madi Divisional Headquarters last night. I enjoin us all to await further information on the attack at the conclusion of investigation that had already been directed by the Commissioner who is at the moment conducting an on the spot assessment of the Division, please.”
Meanwhile, a member of the community, Abdoul Auserh, claimed that the DPO died while protecting people from bandits.
“He died as a MAN. No words can express how i feel towards his departure, I didn’t know him in person, but I knew his commitment to ensure lasting security in my local government,” he wrote on Facebook.
“He’s got killed by bandits, while trying to protect the life of thousands peoples. He refuse to retreat despite the worsening of the situation, the bandits outnumbered his officers on duty and they were well armed. May your soul rest in jannatul firdausi. DPO_TANGAZA_LGA.”