Armed bandits kill 21, kidnap 40 in Niger State
Charles Nwoke, Minna, Nigeria
February 2, 2021
No fewer than 21 persons have been reportedly killed and 40 others abducted as army bandits attacked four communities in Shiroro Local Government Area Council of Niger state.
Sources said the attack which occurred on Monday evening resulted in many of the residents sustaining various degrees of injuries.
According to reports, it was learned that over 100 gunmen invaded the four communities of Kurebe, Sabon Gida, Sararai, and Rafin Kanya at different hours of the day on Monday and inflicted pains on the residents.
The criminals armed to the tooth came in their usual grand style of riding motorcycles and shooting sporadically into the air causing the people to panic and scamper away for safety reasons.
An eyewitness who pleaded that his name should not be mentioned disclosed that there was hullabaloo, especially as the bandits went from one house to another shooting and kidnapping innocent residents.
“They seem to know who they were looking for. It was very terrible. I sustained an injury on my legs and I am currently receiving treatment,” he said.
Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, the Secretary to the Niger State Government, has confirmed the unfortunate incident.
He stated that the number of people murdered or kidnapped is currently yet to be ascertained known, adding that the government is putting in mechanisms to bring an end to the continuous criminal attacks in the State.
The Co-Convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Abubakar Yusuf Kokki also confirmed the attack saying it was a day of total blackout in the Shiroro local government area.
He lamented that terrorists have continued to have a field day in the council sacking the communities with gusto and crass impunity.
“Arising from the nefarious activities of these bandits, Internally Displaced Persons are conspicuously littered everywhere, helter-skelter and scampering for peace and safety. Unfortunately, nothing is being done by the authorities concerned to salvage the ugly situation,” he added.