By Uthman Yawa-Siraja

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Tension and anxiety is currently brewing in Alawa village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State as a result of the killing of two military men including one captain.

According to information gathered, some dare devil armed men stormed Pandogari-Alawa axis early last week and kidnapped a mobile Police Inspector, simply identified as Paul Gabriel and a forestry officer, Aminu Dahiru.

When the news of the kidnap was revealed to the Joint Operation Squad stationed at Alawa, the captain mobilized his men to rescue the kidnapped victims and during a gun duel with the kidnappers, three of the soldiers were gunned down by the kidnappers who were mostly Fulanis.

Newsline on Sunday also gathered that the gun men were heavily armed with guns such as AK 47 and other sophisticated ones and that while the exchange of fire was going on with the kidnappers, the two kidnapped victims were rescued by the joint squad.

The District Head of Alawa, Alh. Ibrahim Salihu who confirmed the report told Newsline on Sunday that the captain and his officers were stationed in Alawa on a special assignment in the community and that was why they swiftly responded to a distress call on the report of the kidnapped police inspector and the forestry officer to the scene where they were forced to battle the criminals as a result of which the military men were killed but the kidnapped victims were rescued as they ran away while the exchange of gun fire was going on as, according to him, “the mobile inspector and the forestry officer escaped during the exchange of gun with the kidnappers.”

He said, already, tension is brewing in that community as some of the villagers have started abandoning the area  for fear of the unknown.

He called on the state governments of Kaduna, Zamfara and Niger to, as a matter of concern, do the needful on the forest as the only game reserve in the area is being turned into hiding place for the criminals.

Meanwhile, when Newsline reporter visited the office of the 313 Brigade, the Public Relations Officer told the reporter that the brigade’s spoke person, Major Njideka was on transfer to Army Head Quarters in Abuja and that the new person posted to the brigade was not on seat.

Newsline on Sunday was told that a re-enforcement had since been drafted to the area, “I cannot really tell you the number of men that were killed but we lost some of our men and officer, we can only say something whenever our men are back from there,” a source at the brigade told Newsline on Sunday.

 The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP. Babalola Adewale who, neither confirmed nor deny the report, told Newsline on Sunday that, “we are yet to get the detail report of the killing of the soldiers but the Inspector and the forestry officer had been rescued.”