By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
A Divisional Police Officer in Maru town, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, SP Kazeem Raheem, has been killed by bandits.
The Divisional Police Officer, was killed by the bandits alongside a yet to be identified police sergeant and a vigilante.
A source from the community told New Nigerian that the bandits were in the area purposely to Kidnap Alhaji Ilisayu, a businessman.
The bandits had, according to the source, kidnapped Alhaji Ilisayu’s brother, who was reportedly freed after ransom was paid, saying that they (bandits) came back to kidnap him but managed to escape, while his wife was abducted.
He explained, “The DPO foiled the attempt by mobilising his officers against the criminals to kidnap the businessman but lost his life in the gunfight.”
He added that it was a terrible experience as he woke up at the sound of heavy gunfire around 2am, explaining that Maru town has been under constant attacks by the criminals and several people were kidnapped in the past one year.
SP Muhammad Shehu, the spokesman of the state Command, could not respond when contacted as his phone lines were switched off.