Police kill 14 bandits attempting to release colleagues from police custody in Benue
The Katsina-Ala Police Station in Katsina-Ala LGA shot down 14 armed bandits were early Sunday morning gunned down when they invaded the police station to release their detained colleagues.
An anonymous witness in the area stated that the gun battle left some of the bandits and the policemen seriously injured.
He further stated that heavily armed bandits reaching over 50men stormed the station in Toyota cars and motorcycles spraying bullets sporadically whilst making attempts to take over the police station.
The witness also stated that “they were members of the armed bandits who have been terrorising the people in Katsina-Ala, Ukum and Logo Local Government Areas.
“They invaded the Katsina-Ala Police station with sophisticated weapons at about 2 am Sunday in Toyota Duck Yash cars and motorcycles to free some of their members who were captured and detained at the station.
“But they met stiff resistance from the police personnel at the station who engaged them in a bloody gunfight.
“The gunbattle created pandemonium in Katsina-Ala town and neighbouring communities because it was like a war had broken out in the area and people were running in all directions to save themselves.
“Luckily the police were able to repel them after about 30 minutes exchange. When the bandits retreated about 14 corpses littered the vicinity of the station, several of them also sustained bullet wounds and some others were arrested.
“As we speak there is the stench of blood all around the vicinity of the station while some of the motorcycles and cars brought by the bandits were also abandoned by the overpowered bandits.
“We also heard that some of the police personnel were killed in the attack but I cannot ascertain that for now,” he said.
The situation was confirmed by the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent, DSP, Catherine Anene in a statement on behalf of the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Madaki Audu.
The statement read, “it is no longer news that series of operations are going on in Kastina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.
“These activities are geared towards a total clampdown on bandits activities in the area. On June 19, 2021, five bandits were arrested and detained at Kastina-Ala Police Division for investigation and prosecution.
“On June 20, 2021, at about 01:30hrs more than 50 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. Operatives in the area are currently on the trail of suspects at large.
“The good people of Kastina-Ala town are advised to remain calm and avail every useful information about the bandits to the police.”
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