By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
The police anti-robbery squad in collaboration with a renowned hunter, Alhaji Ali Kwara, have killed five armed robbers and recovered arms in Bauchi.
The Bauchi State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, who disclosed this to journalists yesterday, said the incident occurred at the weekend at about midnight.
According to him, following an intelligence report, renowned Kwara in collaboration with a team of police personnel attached to him raided a criminal hideout in Kunjin/Lodio forest in Bursali district of Zaki Local Government Area of Bauchi State and had a fierce gun battle with suspected armed robbers which lasted for more than 30 minutes.
“As a results, five of the suspects were fatally wounded and rushed to Federal medical centre, Azare but certified dead on arrival,” Haruna said
He said the exhibits recovered at the scene of the incident included four AK 47 rifles with beech numbers (03085) (8067) (19076)and(10968)respectively, one locally made revolver hand gun, one Hundred and Sixty Four(164)rounds of 7.62 live ammunition, Nine rounds of .9mm ammunition, Seven empty magazines,two expended ammunition and cash sum of N17,000.
Haruna noted that all the five unidentified corpses had been deposited at FMC, Azare mortuary for autopsy, while investigation was ongoing.
On his part, Ali Kwara said: “The suspects terrorised the surrounding communities, they killed many people and assign levy on the villagers from N400,000 to N1million.”
He said most of the robbers knew the villagers and they carried out their activities to cripple their economy.
The Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Alhaji Adamu Gidado, said the robbers collected over N41 million after they killed seven people and pray that the problem will definitely reduce.