NSCDC Foils Bandits Attack On Nasarawa Command Headquarters

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Officials of the Ni- geria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Nasarawa State command, yesterday foiled attack by hoodlums on its state headquarters in La- fia. The hoodlums in their numbers wielding dangerous weapons were said to have invaded the state command headquarters of the NSCDC in Lafia in the early hours yesterday. It was gathered that the bandits were trying to gain entry into the command headquarters when the eagle eyed officers guarding the facility sighted them.

It was learnt that the bandits flee to the nearby streets when officers engaged them in a gun duel which lasted some minutes without casually. Confirming the incident in a telephone conversation with journalists in Lafia, the State Public Relations Officer of the NSCDC, Jerry Victor, said unspecified number of gunmen suspected to be bandits invaded the headquarters of the corps in the early hours of yesterday.

He said that the bandits who came in large num- bers with iron rods and other dangerous weapons attempted to gain entry into the headquarters of the command while some of them positioned them- selves around the building in different directions. He explained that offi- cers of the NSCDC swiftly responded by opening fire on the hoodlums whose mission is suspected to be to release some high-profile suspected criminals, including informants of kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other suspected criminals in custody of the command.

The NSCDC spokesperson disclosed that no casualty was recorded during the incident, saying calm has been restored at the command after the incident. Mr. Victor disclosed that five notorious suspects were detained by the command for various crimes including two informants of kidnappers of the 82-yearold father of a former state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Daniel Umaru Lagi, who was killed by his abductors after payment of ransom recently.

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