Yet to be identified gunmen this morning carried out a deadly attack in the city of Kano killing four policemen in the process and leaving several others were injured.
It is not clear if the widely suspected Boko Haram group carried out the attack.
An eyewitness said that the incident happened in the heart of Kano around Gwandu Albasa within the family house of Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Dikko Abubakar.
Reports have it that the slain mobile policemen were part of the guards attached to the IGP’s house.
A source was quoted saying; “The incident happened at about 9 a.m. today. Mobile policemen were strolling on the streets possibly to buy some items when at a junction close to the IGP’s house, gunmen numbering about five disguised in mobile police uniform shot them”.
The Kano State Police Command Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Musa Magaji Majiya confirmed the incident but insisted that the attack occurred along BUK road.
“Yes, this morning, at about 8:30 a.m., our men were walking along BUK road, Kano when gunmen on a motor bike attacked and killed two of them,” Magaji said, adding that the police are on the trail of the assailants.
Though the police spokesman said only two police officers were killed during the attack, eyewitnesses insisted that four policemen were gunned down.
The Kano PPRO could not confirm whether the slain mobile policemen were attached to the IGP’s house.
Following the incident, security has been further beefed in the troubled city with men of the Kano Joint Security Task Force patrolling major streets and others deployed to strategic locations.
Helicopters were also observed hovering over Kano.
On Wednesday, gunmen believed to be Boko Haram members have killed two policemen in central Nigeria where the radical Islamist sect killed dozens of people on Christmas day, police said Thursday.
“The gunmen who rode on a motorcycle shot and killed two policemen watching over a highway and sped away,” police spokesman for Niger State Richard Oguche told AFP.