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Police raises alarm over massive movement of bandits in Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Oyo

Puts ACPOLs, DPOs and HoDs in the affected state on red alert

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The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), located in Garki, Abuja, has rained serious alarm over a reported movement of terrorist bandits in Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, and Oyo States respectively.

This was disclosed in a secret memo electronically signed by CSP Yusuf Abdulraheem, Officer in-Charge, SIB, Kwara State Command, Ilorin, on behalf of the Deputy Inspector General of Police, FIB, Abuja.

The memo was addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Department of Finance and Administration of the Nigeria Police at State Headquarters in Ilorin.

Titled “Intelligence report on the movement of bandits”, the Bureau revealed information on the movement of some bandits/kidnappers numbering about 112.

It said the terrorists will be travelling in two each on motorcycles while their arms and ammunitions will be conveyed by a truck loaded with food items in disguise.

The report states that, the route they will ply include, but not limited to, Kebbi State via Kanba, Malavi to Benin republic.

“The movement is scheduled to commence on 1st and 2nd of August, 2022 at about 2300hrs,” the report says.

It noted that the terrorists already have a Base in Kainji Lake National Park which respectively shares boundary with about the following four states: Kebbi State, Niger State, Kwara State and Oyo State.

Police warned that they have concluded plans to use Kwara State National Park Forest Reserve as their major Base and part of Kisi and Igbeti in Oyo State.

It also states that they already have some underground hideouts in Naanu by Rafin Kunama reserve area, Kwara State.

The report states further:

“In another development, a reliable source sighted two suspected bandits on a motorcycle carrying RPG machine guns with round chains in Kagondabi village via Moro L.G.A Kwara State.

“Kagondabi village is the last locality under Ejidongari Ward, and it can be accessed through Gaa-Dasu via Sabongada in Bode-Saadu, Moro L.G.A. Kwara State.

“Intel also has it that Yikpata NYSC Camp located in Edu L.G.A Kwara is very porous and prone to attack anytime from now as Bandits are said to be hibernating in the forest surrounding the camp.”

The report makes the following projection: “From the foregoing, it’s obvious that Kwara is very vulnerable at the moment and may be contending with bandits’ attacks anytime soon.”

It suggests: “Against this backdrop, there is need for the command to as a matter of urgency liaise with the State Government and activate proactive measures to neutralize this threat.

“ACPOLs, DPOs and HoDs in the state be abreast of this development and be directed to fortify their respective AOR to avert any unforeseen circumstances.”

It concluded by assuring that the Bureau will sustain monitoring and render prompt reports.

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