– Gun battle between policemen and the kidnappers erupt in Hayi area of Kaduna – An eyewitness says the kidnappers escaped after gunning down four policemen – Political thugs reportedly perpetrate fraud in Kogi bye-election Four policemen have been reportedly killed following a gun battle with suspected kidnappers in Hayi area of Kaduna state on Saturday, August 11.
Residents in Karshen Kwalta, Hayi, told the correspondent that the gun battle between the police and the hoodlums caused panic in the area. They said the policemen who were dispatched from Abuja entered Hayi bush in an attempt to arrest and free some people and cattle being held by unknown gunmen.
The residents said the gun battle between the police and the suspected kidnappers began in the bush but that the gunmen overpowered and pushed back the policemen to the town. An eyewitness who does not want his identity revealed said the kidnappers escaped after gunning down four policemen. There were no casualties from the side of the kidnapper at the time of writing this report.
But an insider told our correspondent that the police will reinforce and go after the kidnappers again anytime soon. The Kaduna police command has not yet made any official statement about the incident. Meanwhile, in another report, the bye-election to fill the vacant seat in the Lokoja-Kogi federal constituency which started on a peaceful note on Saturday, August 11, was later marred by violence, vote buying and intimidation in Lokoja. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent monitoring reported that the election was marred by political thugs going from one polling unit to another to perpetrate fraud. Although policemen and other security agents were seen at the police stations, they looked the other way, while thugs terrorised people. Lagos Police Commissioner Parades Suspected Criminals