*says bandits attack on Saye Division, repelled
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Kaduna Police Command has informed that a child has died and two of his peers were injured from explosions from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Kaduna metropolis.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Muhammed Jalige, dated July 4, 2021.
“On the 3rd July, 2021 at about 1615hrs there was an explosion at Shagari Close Badarawa Kaduna as result of a suspected Improvised Explosive Device concealed in three (3) bottles of popular children’s Juice (Viju Milk).
“Three Children picked up the bottles on ground which unknown to them they contained explosive substance, used them as football, as a result the two bottles exploded injuring three children namely; Abubakar Aminu, Abubakar Abdullahi and Abdullahi Abubakar all males.
“The victims were however rushed to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital for treatment where unfortunately Abubakar Aminu died owing to injuries he sustained from the explosion.
“Abubakar Abdullahi was treated and discharged while Abdullahi Abubakar is still receiving treatment,” it said.
The Police explained that in the meantime, normalcy has been restored and the scene of the incident is under investigation.
“The Command’s Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) is carrying out a holistic forensic analysis of the device as effort is on high gear to unveil and possibly apprehend the perpetrators of the act,” it added.
The Command therefore, assured the people of Kaduna metropolis and environs that there is no cause for alarm as the situation is under firm grip of security agencies while the public are advised to go about their normal business and to report any suspicious object or persons to the nearest Police formation for prompt action.
In a related development, the Command said that it foiled a bandits attack on one of its divisional offices on Sunday morning.
“In the early hours of today 4th July, 2021 at about 0130hrs suspected armed bandits in large numbers, attacked the Divisional Police Headquarters, Saye Zaria LGA of Kaduna State in an attempt to overrun the Officers on duty but met with a stiff resistance from the officers who were at alert as of the time of the attack.
“There was a heavy exchange of fire between the Bandits and the Police personnel on duty but the superior tactical and operational sagacity of the Police forced the Bandits to retreat and took to their heels some of which have escaped with bullet injuries.
“Unfortunately as at the same period some group of bandits were attacking the National Centre for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Quarters at same Saye Community of which eight (8) persons were kidnapped to an unknown destination.
“In the meantime, twenty three (23) empty shells and three (3) live GPMG ammunition as well as thirty four (34) empty shells of 7.62x39mm ammunition were recovered from the scene.
“The Command had so far reinforced the Division with more tactical Operatives from Operation Puff Adder II, Anti-kidnapping Unit and Police Mobile Force while IGP’s IRT and STS has been contacted for technical support with the mandate to ensure that the victims are rescued unhurt and possible arrest of the Bandits to face the wrath of the law,” it assured.