The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has commiserated with the families of the four policemen, who were ambushed and killed in a gun duel on August 11, 2018, between the IGP Intelligence Response Team Personnel and gangs of armed bandits and kidnappers in Rigasa Forest, Kaduna State.
The attack happened when the team were returning from a successful operations that led to the arrest of some vicious and notorious kidnappers responsible for the kidnap of Sheikh Ahmad Adam Algarkawy in Rigasa, who recently regained his freedom.
While expressing sadness over the incident, the IGP described the deceased Police officers as ‘Heroes of the Force,’ who laid down their lives and paid the supreme price in ensuring protection of lives and property and law and order in the country.
Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement, said, “The Team Leader and other personnel of the IGP-IRT repelled the attack and killed six of the bandits but unfortunately lost these four gallant and committed Police officers in the process. Catches of firearms and ammunition were recovered from the bandits’ hideouts in Rigasa Forest.
“Massive raids and assaults on the other bandits still at large in the Rigasa Forest are ongoing to bring them to justice.
“The Nigeria Police Force despite this unfortunate attack and killing of these Policemen will not relent in ensuring that crimes and criminalities are brought to the barest in the country.”
He also noted that the IGP has directed befitting burials for the deceased officers and prompt processing and payments of the life insurance benefits and other entitlements to their families.
The deceased Police Officers are Inspector Bernard Odibo, Inspector Mamman Abubakar, Inspector Haruna Ibrahim and Sergeant Emmanuel Istifanus.
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