The police in Yobe State, operating jointly with members of a vigilance group, on Wednesday killed three suspected cross-border armed bandits, especially from the Niger Republic operating at Yusufari, Machina and Yunusari local government areas in the state.
Briefing newsmen on Thursday in Damaturu, the state capital, Yobe State Police Commissioner, Sanusi Rufai, said the suspects had been robbing people of their money and livestock for several years, before their apprehension on Wednesday at one of the border police posts.
Rufai said, “luck has, however, run out of the suspects after they rustled (stole) three camels in Bulatura village of Yusufari Local Government Area. There, the police traced them to Karasuwa town where they engaged the vigilance group in a shootout in a bid to resist arrest.”
This, the commissioner stated, led to the death of three livestock robbers.
Other items recovered from the robbers, he added, include an AK-47 riffle, N7,010, three camels and other valuables.
Rufai added that the camels would be returned to the owners. Rufai called on the people of the state to continue to “partner and cooperate” with security operatives in the fight against cross-border banditry and other criminal activities.
Meanwhile, the command has also decorated 531 officers and men who were promoted to their next ranks.