One of Audu Madaki’s police guards was killed when bandits attacked the convoy of the Assistant Inspector General of Police for Zone 12.
NewsReport that When his car was ambushed, the AIG, who was reportedly traveling from Bauchi to Abuja, also suffered injuries.
According to sources, the attack took place on Tuesday at or around 2.30 pm in the Kaduna State region between Barde and Jagindi.
According to a source at Zone 12’s main office, Madaki was shot at and hurt during the attack, while his orderly was killed by gunfire.
The AIG is said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital while security has been beefed up around the Zone.
Another source revealed that armed police personnel had been drafted to the area to comb the bush in order to fish out the terrorists.
Several efforts to get a confirmation from the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Thomas Goni, were futile as he did not answer his call.
Meanwhile, the federal government has described the attack on the convoy as an attempt by terrorists to score “a psychological point”.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, spoke on the incident while reacting to a question on the attack.
He said, “On the issue of the attack on the AIG in Bauchi, I need further information from the IG as to the circumstances of the attack. But what I know is that bandits would always want to make this kind of spectacular attack just to score a psychological point.
“But I know that the government is taking the job of security very seriously. As you can see, even today, the minister of the FCT has told you exactly what he is doing to ensure that security is improved.”
The minister said the success of the military had not received wide reportage as the terrorist attacks.
“I know that there have been quite a few successes by the military in overrunning the bandits around Abuja in the last couple of days.
“Regrettably, it’s like when the military is having the upper hand, they are not given the same kind of media coverage as when the bandits attack,” he said