A recent gun battle with police left five armed men dead.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on Friday commended the Katsina police command for its efforts in repelling attacks by criminals in the state.
In a statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, Mr. Abubakar enjoined all Nigeria police officers not to relent in their efforts to combat crime till the battle against terrorism is totally won.
The Katsina police command on Friday said it successfully repelled attacks from a group of armed hoodlums on its facilities and bank in Daura, Katsina State. The criminals were said to have been overpowered after a long battle with the police which left five of the hoodlums dead and many others who managed to escape with bullet wounds, abandoning their weapons.
Three soldiers and an unconfirmed number of policemen were also killed in the attack; while two police stations and four banks were bombed by the criminals.
Weapons recovered by the police include:12 AK-47 rifles,15 AK 47 magazines, 15 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), as well as two vehicles (a Golf and a Toyota saloon car) used by the hoodlums as operational vehicles.
Mr. Abubakar assured Nigerians of the readiness of the Force to live up to its constitutional responsibility of ensuring the safety of the citizenry, the IGP urged the public to promptly report any suspicious movement to the Police and other sister security agencies. Investigation into the incident has since commenced.