The police command in Zamfara on Sunday confirmed the killing of SP Kazeem Raheem, the Maru Divisional Police Officer in the Maru council area.
Also slain was Rabi’u Umar, a police inspector attached to the division.
Command spokesman Muhammad Shehu confirmed the killings in a statement on Sunday in Gusau.
“On 5th March, 2023, at about 0200hrs, bandits in large numbers, armed with sophisticated weapons, attacked Maru Divisional Police Headquarters in Maru LGA with intent to destabilise the security architecture of the town in order to easily attack and abduct members of the community,” said the police. “However, the DPO and his team gallantly put up a strong resistance to repel the attackers.”
The statement added, “Unfortunately, the DPO and the above-named inspector lost their lives while protecting the public.”
Police commissioner Kolo Yusuf reassured Zamfara residents of the command’s continuous commitment to protecting lives and property.
The police boss, according to the statement, deployed reinforcement to pursue the fleeing hoodlums to apprehend and prosecute them.
Command’s deputy police commissioner (operations), Iliyasu Kwarbai, led another police tactical team to the scene for an on-the-spot assessment and confidence-building patrol.