By Danmaryam Zayamu
Following the sustained counter terrorism operations initiated by the Nigeria Police at Ansaru Terror Camp in Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state, one of the notorious and most wanted kidnappers has been arrested.
Also arrested are notorious bandit and a Boko Haram commander.
A statement by the Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, disclosed that: “In the aftermath of the Police counter-terrorism operations which successfully neutralized the operational bases of the Ansaru terrorists’ group and bandits, one Haruna Basullube ‘m’ – one of the most wanted kidnappers/cattle rustlers in the country and one Bashir Leta ‘m’ – another notorious bandits’ commander were killed.
“Also one Mallam Abba ‘m’ – Commander of Boko Haram camp in Kuduru Forest and one Mofa ‘m’ – a notorious kidnapper were critically injured.”
The police have, however, advised citizens living in and around Birnin-Gwari axis of Kaduna State to be on the lookout for fleeing bandits especially those with bullet wounds and report every suspicious behavior to the Police.
Meanwhile, as mop-up operations continue, the statement disclosed that the IGP has deployed crack detectives and special forensic investigators from the Force Headquarters to expedite investigations into the broad criminal enterprise of the group and their associates.
The Force Spokesman, however, lamented that: “In spite of the successes of the operation, one Inspector Muhammed Abubakar attached to the Police Special Forces regrettably died as a result of injuries sustained in the heat of the combat.
“Thirteen other officers (made up of 2 SPs, 1 DSP, 4 Inspectors and 6 Sergeants) including the Pilot and Co-pilot of the Police helicopter, sustained different degrees of injuries and are currently receiving treatment.”
He explained that the late Inspector Muhammed Abubakar was one of the finest officers of the Police Special Forces with vast training and operational background, both at home and abroad.
He was among the pioneer set of the Police Special Forces trained in Belarus.
While condoling with the family, friends, and colleagues of the late officer, the IGP restates the commitment of the Force to the safety of its personnel and the nation.
“Some of the exhibits recovered by the Police during the operation include 11 AK47 rifles, 730 rounds of live AK47 ammunition, 152 rounds of GPMG ammunition in two chains, 13 pairs of military camouflage uniforms, 2 cartons and 48 sachets of tramadol, four facemasks, phones and other electronic gadgets which are currently subject of forensic investigations,” the statement disclosed.