Monday, 28 April 2014

Gunmen kill DPO, 2 children in Zamfara •Set police station ablaze — Police

TRAGEDY struck in the small town of Faru, in  Maradun Emirate Council of Zamfara State, when suspected cattle rustlers killed a divisional police officer (DPO) and two children and then set the police station ablaze.




The attack came three weeks after gunmen stormed Yargaladima village in Dansadau Emirate Council and killed over 200 people.

Eyewitness told the Nigerian Tribune that the Fulani herdsmen attacked the  police station at Faru,  apparently to free some of their men who were in custody.

Findings revealed that the hoodlums, numbering about 50, stormed the police station, but could not find their colleagues, as they were already transferred to Gusau.
Irked by the development, the hoodlums  set the police station ablaze,  while two other children living adjacent to the station were not lucky, as the fire spread to their house and killed them.
Also, it was gathered that the DPO, who tried to escape, was shot from behind, and died on the spot.

As of the time of filing this report, normalcy had  returned to the village, as a detachment of mobile police sent to the troubled spot on the orders of the commissioner of police had successfully restored order.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Lawal Abdullahi, said it was not true that a DPO was killed, but he  confirmed the death of two children.

He also added that the burnt police edifice was an outpost and not a police station.

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