Bandits in Niger state assassinated Superintendent of Police Mukhtar Abbas, the Divisional Police Officer for Paiko Police Station, and four other police officers.
When the police were called in to stop the attack on the Kwakuti Djadugbe Market on Saturday, they were killed.
However, some of the bandits were neutralized, according to DSP Wasiu Abiodun, police public relations officer for Niger State Police Command, who confirmed the incident in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday.
According to Abiodun the Police has already sent a reinforcement team to the scene and recovered the bodies of the deceased personnel.
He said the command had condoled with the families of the affected personnel, before reassuring members of the public that the Command will not relent in the fight against banditry and other criminalities in the State
In a related development Abiodun said at about 3pm on Friday suspected armed bandits/insurgents attempted to attack the Chibani village market via Sarkin-Pawa, Munya LGA
He said the Police tactical teams and vigilante members were mobilized to the market where the hoodlums were routed and successfully repelled without any havoc, though the situation caused some panic but normalcy was restored.