The police said on Thursday in Abuja that they have dislodged a terrorist cell in Minna, Niger state.
Mr Suleiman Abba, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7 Command, told newsmen after releasing cheque of various sums of money to families of deceased officers in the zone.
Abba said that members of the cell had been arrested.
The AIG, who did not say when the gang was dislodged, said that security in the Zone (FCT, Niger and Kaduna), had relatively improved following measures taken by the various commands.
“A cell of terrorists was to operate in Mina but we were able to get them arrested before they could carry out their heinous activities,’’ he said.
He said that various weapons were recovered from the gang.
Speaking after releasing cheque to the beneficiaries, Abba urged them to use the money well by investing it in profitable ventures.
He also urged them to be wary of fraudsters, adding that they should always seek assistance from the police whenever the need arises.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that families of 33 deceased officers, including serving four policemen, who sustained various degrees of injuries, benefited from the insurance scheme.
Some beneficiaries received N350,000 while others got N500,000.
The AIG also used the occasion to decorate eight senior officers of the Zone 7 headquarters who were recently promoted.
Four Chief Superintendents of Police (CSPs) and four Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) were decorated with their new ranks.