Bandits Kill Two Immigratio­n Officers in Katsina


Bandits in the early hours of yesterday killed two officers of the Nigeria Immigratio­n Service (NIS).

They carried out the attack around 12:05 am at Kadobe village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The officers killed were Umar Bagadaza Kankara and Lawali Dutse.

It was gathered that there was a gun battle between the immigratio­n officials and bandits.

Scores of bandits were reportedly killed while others sustained gunshot wounds.

A soldier, who was among the reinforcem­ent sent to the area, also sustained gunshot wounds on his thigh.

He was said to be receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina.

One of the immigratio­n officers, who spoke to journalist­s on condition of anonymity, said the service has a base at the village where the incident occurred.

He stated that the area was usually considered safe haven for herdsmen and their animals.

He said: “The herdsmen had brought their cattle there for pasture and for security, having considered that Immigratio­n also has a base there.

“But the bandits decided to attack the place yesterday night after several efforts to do so in the past had proved abortive.

“The people in the community said they also saw strange faces lurking around in the evening of the incident but they refused to alert the security on the situation’’.

“When the bandits attacked, they started shooting sporadical­ly at our men and our men fired back also. They killed two of our men, but we killed several of theirs too’.

“Several of the bandits sustained gunshot wounds and were able to escape with the bodies of their slain members and also managed to rustle cows belonging to the herdsmen.

“Soldiers who were in patrol on the streets had rushed to the area in reinforcem­ent and there was serious gunfire exchange in which one soldier was shot on his thigh.

‘’The bodies of the slain officers has been handed over to their families for burial.”

Spokespers­on for Immigratio­n in the state, Illyasu Kasimu, said he was not authorised to speak on the matter.

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