The Joint Security Task Force in Niger, has neutralised over 100 suspected bandits in an operation at Bangi village in Mariga Local Government Area of the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bala Kuryas, who confirmed the Development on Thursday, said the Task Force recovered 61 motorcycles from the bandits during the operation.
The State Police boss who explained that the operation took place on Wednesday, said some bandits escaped with gunshot wounds.
“We appeal to the rural dwellers not to hesitate to report to the nearest security outfits any person or group of people with gunshot wound for action.
“All we require from members of the general public is vital information that can aid our men on ground to deal with any form of security threat”, said Kuryas.
Meanwhile, the Niger State Government has commended the Task Force for showing professionalism during the gun battle with the bandits.
The Chairman of Joint Security Taskforce and Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Emmanuel Umaru, gave the commendation.
Umaru said, “we are really making progress in the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other criminal elements in the state.
“The exchange of fire between the gunmen, and the Joint Security Task Force and vigilante outfits led to the killing of 100 bandits.’’
The Commissioner confirmed the death of one security personnel in the operation.