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Police Foil Bandits Attack in Benue, Kill 14

Police Foil Bandits Attack in Benue, Kill 14

The Benue State Police Command said its officers repelled attempts by armed bandits to forcibly free detainees at a police cell in Kastina-Ala local government Area on Sunday.

Fourteen of the bandits were killed, in the exchange of fire that ensued between the police and the gunmen,

Police spokesperson in the state, DSP Catherine Anene, said in a statement made available to newsmen in Makurdi that the armed bandits came in large numbers and attempted to rescue their colleagues in police custody.

She said the police are alert to the activities of criminals in the state, adding that “These activities are geared towards a total clampdown on bandits activities in the area.

“On 19th June 2021, five bandits were arrested and detained at Kastina-Ala Police Division for investigation and prosecution.

“On 20th June 2021 at about 1:30 am more than fifty other gang members of the detainees mobilized and invaded the police station to rescue their counterparts.

“Officers at the division, who were already at alert, engaged them in a gun duel and were able to subdue the bandits.

“Fourteen (14) of them were brought down during the exchange of fire while several others escaped with gunshot injuries,” Anene stated.


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