Gunmen on Saturday attacked the residence of former Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Coomasie, killing a mobile policeman and injuring another.
Two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on the two policemen stationed at the gate of the residence at about 8pm, but did not gain entrance into the house.
The attackers were however said to have escaped with the rifle of one of the policemen.
A neighbour said on condition of anonymity, that the former IGP and his family members were safe.
The corpse of the policeman has been deposited at the mortuary of Katsina General Hospital, where the other injured mobile policeman was receiving treatment.
The Police Commissioner in the state, Mr. Besen Dabiya-Gwana, did not respond to several telephone calls, but the Command’s spokesman, DSP Isa Gambo, said the police were conducting investigation on the matter.
Meanwhile, the Police Command in Anambra said it has killed two suspected kidnappers and rescued a victim.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Mrs Nkeiru Nwode, made this disclosure on Saturday in Awka while addressing newsmen.
Nwode, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), said the victim, simply identified as Nnamdi, was kidnapped on Oct. 11, in a filling station at Obosi, near Onitsha, by four armed hoodlums.
According to her, N20 million was demanded as ransom but the detectives attached to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the command trailed them as they were coming to collect the ransom on Oct. 13.
“As the hoodlums got to know that they were being trailed, they started attacking the police but two of the kidnappers were killed, while others escaped with bullet wounds,” Nwode said.
She said exhibits recovered from the suspects included one locally made pistol with two live cartridges, one cut to size single barrel gun, one unregistered Q-link motorcycle and a cell phone.
Nwode assured members of the public of the relentless efforts of the police in securing lives and properties in the state.