Over 100 gunmen suspected to be bandits in the early hours of Thursday stormed Gidan Madi area of Tangaza local government area of Sokoto State Killing two policemen including the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Gidan Madi police station.
The policemen were reportedly killed while trying to rescue two wives of a prominent businessman in the local government abducted by the gunmen.
Reacting to the incident in a statement signed by the Sokoto state Police command’s public relations officer, ASP Muhammad Abubakar Sadiq, said the attackers wore military camouflage.
“On 17/0/2020, there was an unwarranted armed banditry attack reported by DCO, Gidan Madi Division.
“The Divisional Headquarters was attacked by a group of about 100 armed men dressed in army camouflage.
“As a result of overwhelmingly heavy exchange of fire, the DPO and one Inspector Mohammed Abdullahi were shot dead, while one ASP Sani Abdullahi sustained an injury on his leg” the statement said.
The statement further said the Commissioner of Police immediately led a team of forces which includes DCP Operations, Commander of PNF and Area Commanders to the scene of the incident.
“He assessed the situation, held an emergency meeting with the sole administrator, district head, heads of sister security agencies with a view to strengthening the security architecture of the area to forestall further attacks and bring the perpetrators to book.”