- As Police IG Assures On Improved Security On Highways Ahead of Christmas And New Year
By Kingsley Okoro (Crime/Police Affairs Reporter)
The Nigeria Police said it has successfully rescued Nine (9) Police Officers who earlier went missing on Sunday, November 8, 2020, between Kankara town and Sheme in Katsina state.
The officers, all Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs), were abducted after the night commercial bus they were traveling in came under attack by heavily armed men, all dressed in Military Camouflage, but suspected to be bandits. They were on their way to Gusau in Zamfara State from Maiduguri at the time of the incident. Two of the officers are currently receiving medical attention in a hospital, while the remaining seven are being debriefed.
Covert operation to locate and rescue the officers commenced immediately after they were discovered missing en-route to their destination. The apparent delay in commenting on the unfortunate incident by the police authorities was a deliberate decision aimed at protecting the integrity and confidentiality of the rescue operation and the concomitant safety of the officers.
A statement on Friday by the Police Force Public Relations officer (PFPRO), DCP Frank Mba, said "It is also important to state that preliminary investigation has shown that the attack on the vehicle was an opportunistic crime as the officers were all traveling in mufti, unarmed and alongside other private citizens in the commercial vehicle. The total number of officers involved in the incident is nine (9) and not twelve (12) as previously, wrongly reported in some sections of the media", Mba stated.
However, follow-up investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, has reassured Nigerians that the Force is working assiduously to ensure an improved safety and tactical presence of police personnel on the nation's highways as the yuletide and New Year festival approaches. NNL.