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Promoted Policeman, Others Killed in Kebbi Bank Raid

The Police in Birnin Kebbi State said on Friday that seven suspected armed robbers on Thursday night killed two people during a bank robbery.


The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Benjami Onwuka, told the state’s Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu, during an assessment visit to Argungu that Bala Sanyinna, a police sergeant, and a  civilian, Malam Isa Dantagago, were killed in the attack on the state-owned Savings and Loans Bank.


According to him, four other civilians sustained serious injuries from gun shots.


Onwuka said one of the suspected armed robbers was apprehended by residents with an  AK-47 rifle.


He lamented that the slain policeman (Sanyinna) was only promoted from the rank of a Corporal  to  sergeant earlier  this week.


The commissioner said the arrested suspect was helping the police in their investigation.


Responding, the deputy governor pledged the state government’s sustained support to security agencies to curb crime and insurgency in the state.


While commending the residents for their alertness and support for security agencies, he urged other communities to emulate the effort of Argungu people in securing their areas.


On his part, the Chairman of Argungu Local Government, Alhaji Salihu Ahmed, said efforts would be made to curtail violent crimes in the area, especially armed robbery and insurgency.


The Chief Nursing Officer of the Argungu General Hospital, Mr. Mohammed Kaoje, said one of the shot victims in the attack, Malam Halliru Isa, had been referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi, for further treatment.


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