Police in Benue State on Friday night shot dead four of the bandits believed to be terrorising Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.
Policemen under a special force known as Operation Zenda were said to have intercepted the bandits who were reported to be heading towards Gbajire Village to unleash terror.
The dead bodies were dumped at the police headquarters in Makurdi on Saturday morning.
Briefing journalists at the police headquarters, the leader of Operation Zenda, Gberindyer Justin, a Chief Superintendent of Police, said that the bandits were killed during an operation.
Those killed included Solo Orafaga, John Tyoakoso, Jude aka Headboy and an unidentified bandit.
“The bandits numbering about 20 were ambushed by men of Operation Zenda on their way to attack a village called Gbagire following vivid information received during the operation.
Unknown to the bandits, all their calls had been tracked by the intelligence unit and were carefully followed up as they executed plans on how to attack the village,” he said.
The leader of Operation Zenda said that aside from the bandits killed during the gun duel, many others ran into nearby bush with gun injuries.
Items recovered from them include; one AK-47 rifle, one G3 rifle, one locally-made revolver pistol, 75 rounds of 6.72x39mm live ammunition, five rounds of 9mm live ammunition, AK-47 magazines, three G3 magazines, and 59 rounds of 7.62x49mm live ammunition.