Bandits have attacked the convoy of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 12, Audu Madaki, killing one of his police guards.
The AIG who was said to be on his way to Abuja from Bauchi when his vehicle was ambushed also sustained injury.
Sources said the attack happened between Barde and Jagindi area in Kaduna State on Tuesday at about 2.30 pm.
A source at the Zone 12 headquarters said Madaki was shot at and injured during the attack while his orderly was shot dead.
The AIG is said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital while security has been beefed up around the Zone.
Another source revealed that armed police personnel had been drafted to the area to comb the bush in order to fish out the terrorists.
Several efforts to get a confirmation from the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Thomas Goni, were futile as he did not answer his call.
Meanwhile, the federal government has described the attack on the convoy as an attempt by terrorists to score “a psychological point”.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, spoke on the incident while reacting to a question on the attack.
He said, “On the issue of the attack on the AIG in Bauchi, I need further information from the IG as to the circumstances of the attack. But what I know is that bandits would always want to make this kind of spectacular attack just to score a psychological point.
“But I know that the government is taking the job of security very seriously. As you can see, even today, the minister of the FCT has told you exactly what he is doing to ensure that security is improved.”
The minister said the success of the military had not received wide reportage as the terrorist attacks.
“I know that there have been quite a few successes by the military in overrunning the bandits around Abuja in the last couple of days.
“Regrettably, it’s like when the military is having the upper hand, they are not given the same kind of media coverage as when the bandits attack,” he said
By Muideen Olaniyi & Faruk Shuaibu (Abuja)