A team of policemen acting on a tip-off have dislodged a gang of hoodlums using the National Park Forest, New-Bussa, Niger State, as a hideout.
It was gathered that the hoodlums had made life difficult for the people of New-Bussa as well as visitors to the National Forest Park.
Northern City News gathered on Sunday that during the operation, the hoodlums engaged the policemen in a gun duel but were forced to flee the area when they were overwhelmed by the firepower of the cops.
It was learnt that the police operatives also rescued a kidnap victim, who was being held for ransom, during the operation.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar, who confirmed the incident, said the success recorded was as a result of the proper coordination of the operation.
Abubakar stated, “We cannot allow hoodlums to take over the state; it can never happen. Niger State is bigger than what they think it is, therefore, there is no room for hoodlums in this state.
“The police command will continue to double its effort to nip in the bud all crime in the state and also solicits for the cooperation of all Niger State residents in giving useful information to the police.”
The spokesman said the police recovered one AK-47 rifle and two magazines with 40 rounds of ammunition from the hoodlums.
He added that the police were on the trail of other fleeing members of the gang.