One officer of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) was confirmed dead and two others sustained gunshot wounds along Nigeria Niger republic border in Jigawa state as suspected bandits attacked their patrol team.
Confirming the incident, the Assistant Controller General Immigration in charge of Jigawa State, ACG Ismaila Abba Aliyu said the incident happened at midnight last Tuesday along Maigatari and Galadi roads less than three kilometers to Niger republic.
He said, the suspected bandits numbering 5 rode on two motorcycles and open fire on the patrol team.
“Our gallant officers. Immediately engaged the bandits in fire exchange, and unfortunately one of our officers named Abdullahi Mohammed (CIA) died and another two other members of the team sustained serious bullet wounds; they are Abba Musa Kiyawa (DSI) and Zubairu Garba (AII)”.
“As a result of heavy exchange of fire, the bandits fled into the bush and abandoned their motorcycles and handset (Techno T5). The 2 motorcycles are Bajaj with chassis no: MD2A18AXS7MWK81092 and Royal motorcycle with chassis no: RY157FMINILI2607, all now in our custody for you to see.” he declared
ACG Ismaila added that he had already visited the scene along with the state commissioner of police CP Aliyu Sale Tafida.
Mr Ismail also confirmed that three other officers in the team were unhurt during the fire exchange.
The ACG also stated that the two motorcycles and handset phone recovered from the bandits will be handed over to the police for further investigation.