Bandits on Tuesday night opened fire at the convoy of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 12 Bauchi, AIG Audu Adamu Madaki inflicting gunshot wound on his leg.
The bandits also killed his orderly during the attack while several of the AIG’s convoy reportedly sustained gunshot wounds.
Sources, who confirmed the ambush attack said AIG Madaki was on his way to Abuja to attend the security meeting of zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police summoned by the IGP Usman Alkali to deliberate on the current security challenges in the nation.
The ambush attack was said to have taken place at about 2.30pm at Barde Zangidi area, a forest stretch linking Bauchi and Plateau states.
Also, bandits have attacked the Federal School of Statistics, Manchok in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, kidnapping the rector, Mr Amos Magbon, and two other residents.
An 86-year-old ex-staff of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), who is a resident of the community, Daniel Yatai, was also killed by the bandits during the attack.
The deceased octogenarian, it was learnt, was father of a journalist, Philip Yatai, a correspondent with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
Although police authorities were yet to confirm the incident, it was gathered that the bandits invaded the community at about 11 pm on Tuesday in large numbers and started shooting sporadically to scare the residents before attacking some houses.
The second daughter of the victim, Miss Christiana Yatai, said the bandits gained access to their house through the fence.
She said the bandits ordered them to open the door and when they refused, they forced it open and entered the house, after which one of they shot her father at the back through the window, while the rest who entered the room also reigned more bullets on the victim, which led to his death.
“We were five in the house; myself, my dad, my mum, two of my nieces and a nephew. They asked us to open the door and when we refused, they broke the main entrance and gained access to the house.
“My father was in his room and one of them wearing a mask, who was outside, shot him through the window and the bullet hit him from the back. Those who entered the house later went to his room and finished him off. They went away with one of my nieces, Ms Brenda Friday, 21, a final year student at Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya,” she narrated.
The bandits also went away with one of the victims’ relatives, Miss Brenda Friday, a 21-year-old student at Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya.
Another child of the deceased, Mr Joseph Yatai, said the gunmen had contacted the family and demanded N15 million to release the girl. “They went away with one of my nieces, Ms. Brenda Friday, 21, a final year student at Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya.”
Similarly, brother to the rector, Innocent Magbon, said the gunmen had also reached out to the family to ask for a N15m ransom.