Bandits kill one, kidnap 10 in Niger attack
Charles Nwoke, Minna, Nigeria.
April 10, 2021
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Bandits have stormed Gurmana Community in Shiroro Local Government Area Council of Niger State again, killing one person with 10 others kidnapped.
The hoodlums were said to have invaded the community in broad daylight yesterday on motorcycles and shot sporadically to scare away the villagers. They moved from one house to another, looted and carted away properties belonging to the natives.
Apart from the killing and kidnapping of residents, some houses, barns of yams, and other foodstuffs belonging to the people in the village were also razed down by a fire that the bandits set on them.
A top member of the local security outfit, a vigilante group, simply identified as Idi Fylo narrowly escaped being killed by the bandits but had his house and other valuables set ablaze.
Maiangwa Sarkin Zamma, a prominent member of the community who was reportedly shot in the right arm was immediately rushed to a nearby clinic for treatment.
Since the killing of six soldiers and a police officer by bandits in Allawa and Bassa last week, the bandits had been continuously attacking villages in the communities almost daily, forcing the villagers to flee their homes.
Co-convener of the Shiroro Youth Associations, Yussuf Abubakar Koki, and Spokesman of the Coalition of Shiroro Associations, Comrade Salisu Sabo, when contacted separately confirmed the incident.
Every effort to reach the Niger State Police Public Relation officer were fruitless as all calls and message to his phone were not responded to as at the time of filing this report.