Military/Villagers Clash: Niger Gov Orders Transfer Of Suspects To Police

Governor Sani BelloGovernor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has directed the immediate transfer of suspects arrested in connection with last Thursday’s clash in Lunko/Kopa villages of Bosso Local Government Area from the custody of the military to the police for thorough investigation.

Eight soldiers of the Nigerian Army and two personnel of the Nigerian Air Force, on lawful duty in Bosso, were killed when they were ambushed by suspected gunrunners and armed bandits. As at the time of publishing this report, a soldier was still unaccounted for while two others were seriously injured and undergoing treatment in the hospital.

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The troops were said to have killed eight of the attackers and arrested 57 others.

Gov. Bello, however, directed during the state Security Council meeting held in his office yesterday in Minna, that the suspects be transferred from the military barracks to the state police command headquarters in Dutsen Kura area of the state capital.

He said buses have been provided to transport the suspects immediately.

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