The constitution of a committee to look into the granting of amnesty to members of the Boko Haram group that has continued to terrorize Nigeria and Nigerians has not in any way reduced the wave of violence sweeping across the country. The police authorities in Yobe State on Thursday confirmed the killing of four of its men.
The officers who fell in the line of duty were shot by suspected Boko Haram members at Babangida, in Tamurwa Local Government Area.
The Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Rufai who confirmed the incident stated that the officers were gunned down in the early hours of Thursday near their station. The CP disclosed that the officers were attacked from their position behind the sandbags in front of the Babangida Police Station. Though 4 officers were lost in the firefight, the CP said 5 of the gunmen too fell. He made it known that the gunmen apparently came with the intention of burning down the station. The attack was however foiled. The CP also stated that some rifles were lost to the attackers. “We lost four policemen and their rifles were also carted away but the station was protected”, the CP said.
The shooting was perpetrated hours after a number of Borno State Government officials were gunned down while on their way from an assignment. The continued violence has been read as an outright rejection of the amnesty idea being considered by the Federal Government.