The police have allegedly killed 12 people who were terrorizing residents of communities near a newly discovered oil field in Bauchi State’s Alkaleri Local Government.
Madaki Mansur, a terror leader, was among those killed.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, at least ten people were recently killed in the area by suspected terrorists. Furthermore, residents are reportedly kidnapped on a daily basis, prompting many of them to flee to safety.
In a statement issued on Monday, the state police spokesperson, Mohammed Wakil, said the 12 terrorists killed belonged to criminal syndicates terrorizing neighboring communities in Bauchi, Taraba, Gombe, and Plateau States.
“In our combined efforts to stem the menace of banditry in Bauchi State, especially in Alkaleri L.G.A., the command was at its best recently.
“On the 19th December 2022 at about 11:00 p.m the Joint Operation of security operatives engaged suspected bandits/kidnappers in four different hideouts; at Mansur, Digare, Gwana and Dajin Madam in Alkaleri forest.
“Following the hot exchange of superior fire-power by the operatives, twelve (12) of the kidnappers were killed while others subdued, dislodged scampered into disarray into the nearby bushes with possible gunshot wounds and abandoned their camp.
As a result, weapons and operational motorcycles were recovered during the operation.
“Meanwhile, the Command is intensifying efforts to apprehend the fleeing members of the syndicate,” the statement said.