The Sokoto State Police Command has confirmed the death of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and an Inspector attached to Gidan Madi Division in Tangaza Local Government Area of the state.

The command’s Spokesman, DSP Sadiq Abubakar, told newsmen on Thursday in Sokoto that about 100 unknown gunmen invaded the town and engaged the police in a gun battle.

Abubakar said the incident occured about 1:30 a.m. and two officers, Mr Aliyu Bello, the DPO, and Muhammad Abdullahi, an Inspector, were shot dead by the armed men dressed in army camouflage.

He said ASP Sani Abdullahi sustained injuries and was hospitalised, while the police have drafted senior officers to undertake assessment of the situation.

According to him, emergency meetings were conducted by the police along with sister security agencies, district heads and council administrators.

He reiterated the police commitment to safeguard people’s lives and property and urged citizens to assist the authorities with useful information.

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