Gombe - The Police in Gombe State said they had shot dead four persons suspected to be criminals on the Dukku-Gombe highway in the early hours of Monday.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), of the Gombe State Police Command, DSP. Atajiri Fwaje, displayed the corpses of the suspected criminals at the command's headquarters.
He said the suspected criminals were shot during a gun battle with the police that lasted for 30 minutes.
Atajiri, explained that policemen were on patrol on the Gombe-Dukku road around 2.30 a.m. on Friday when they suspected a Honda car with registration number AG 648 RSH.
According to him, the criminals who heading toward Gombe Town,opened fire on the policemen around Gaddam Village in the Kwami Local Government Area of the state.
He said that after 30 minutes of exchange of fire between the police and the criminals, the police shot dead the four criminals.
Atajiri said there was no casualty on the side of the police.
He said that three AK 47 rifles, one locally-made pump action gun, 316 live ammunitions, 17 used cartridges and N59,000 were recovered from the criminals.
"This is a warning to people who think they can foment trouble, Gombe is a no-go area.
"The morale of our men is high and we will do everything to make Gombe State peaceful."
On measures put in place by the command to ensure hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebrations in the state, the PPRO said that policemen would be deployed to all places of worship to ensure law and order.
"Places of worship will be protected. No vehicle will be allowed to be parked less than 200 metres away from places of worship," he said.
The PPRO warned parents to prevent their children from engaging in crime during and after the festivities.
He assured residents of the state that the command was determined to protect their lives and property during and after the yuletide.