UPDATE: Police confirm death of Inspector who was killed during battle with bandits
Hours after the killing of Inspector Ibrahim Mitra during a gun battle with bandits, the Niger State Police Command on Monday has confirmed the death of the inspector.
This was confirmed in a statement released by the Police Public Relations in the state, DSP Muhammad Abubakar.
DSP Abubakar said that on Sunday, February, 16, at about 1445 hours, a distress call was put across to a Joint Police/Military team in Bangi Area under Mariga LGA of Niger State that some armed bandits suspected to be cattle rustlers stormed Muchiya Kaji Village of Mariga LGA and were about to rustle cattle.
“The team responded quickly and engaged the bandits in a fierce gun battle, fatally wounded three (3) armed bandits forcing other bandits to abandon the cattle and fled to the bush. One (1) AK-47 Rifle and one Bajaj motorcycle were recovered as exhibits but unfortunately one Police Inspector, Ibrahim Mitra Chibok attached to Niger State Police Command died during the encounter, two (2) officers sustained gun wounds and are receiving treatment. The Police are on the trail of the armed bandits,” the statement reads.
“The deceased Inspector was among the same team that engaged armed bandits and cattle rustlers on 14th February, 2020, who invaded Dankolo Village in the same Mariga LGA, recovered thirteen (13) cattle, fatally wounded three armed bandits and their corpses were deposited at General Hospital, Bangi where they were confirmed dead. The Niger State Police Command and the Force as a whole deeply regret the demise of the gallant Inspector for paying the supreme price in fighting armed banditry in the State.
”The Police Command joins his friends and loved ones in commiserating with the deceased’s family over his demise. We pray that God Almighty should give them fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”