Enyioha Opara, Minna
TWO policemen have been killed in a clash that broke out between members of a vigilance group and the police in Allawa town in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
The victims, Inspector Alfa Idris and Sergeant Joseph Peter, were killed when they went to the town to arrest some suspects in connection with the alleged abduction of people in a mosque.
It was learnt that members of the vigilance group, headed by one Kwali, had been declared wanted by the Niger and Kaduna states police commands over the abduction.
Our correspondent gathered that Idris and Peter were told to head a five-man team to arrest the suspects.
Men of the vigilance group reportedly attacked the team, resulting in the death of the two cops.
A source said, “Idris was initially taken to a hospital in Kagara, but some soldiers stormed the hospital and arrested five policemen, leaving Idris to bleed to death.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, on Monday said, “The Nigerian Army authorities in Minna released the policemen.”
Elkana added that the chairman of the group would be invited for questioning.
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