Nigerian Police confirm bandits’ attack on Abuja-Kaduna road, kill one, recover nine rifles


The Nigeria Police Force, Kaduna command, has confirmed that bandits struck on the Abuja-Kaduna Road on Monday but it was able to foil the kidnap attempt by the attackers.

The police said its Operation Puff Adder detectives and those of the Nigerian Army Operation Thunder Strike foiled the abduction along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway on Monday.

The police said its operatives killed one of the bandits, while an AK-47 rifle and nine bandits’ operational motorcycles were recovered during the operation.

The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Muhammed Jalige, noted that the incident happened on Monday at about 3am.

He asserted that the bandits were intercepted in the area, leading to an exchange of gunfire.

Jalige said, “On Monday, 13th June, at about 3am, the combined team of Police Operation Puff Adder and that of the Nigerian Army Operation Thunder Strike, while on routine patrol along Kaduna-Abuja Highway at Sabon Sara had an encounter with armed bandits’ who were on their nefarious mission along the busy highway.

“The marauding bandits were intercepted at the above mentioned point where exchange of fire ensued as a result of which the forces succeeded in truncating the bandits’ mission forcing them to retreat into the forest as one bandit was neutralised.

“Upon the search of the general area, an AK47 rifle and nine bandits’ operational motorcycles were recovered while the high spirited operatives are not resting on their oars in ensuring the safety of motorists and other legitimate road users.”

“The Commissioner of Police, Yekini Ayoku, was highly elated with the commitment and gallantry exhibited by the combined team and assured them that their sacrifices towards ensuring public safety will not go unrewarded,” Jalige noted.