Bandits storm Niger State, sack 8 villages
Charles Nwoke, Minna, Nigeria
April 27, 2021
Above image courtesy of local sources, fair use.
No fewer than eight communities consisting of about 1,500 residents have reportedly been displaced by bandits in Shiroro Local Government Area Council of Niger State.
According to sources, the bandits numbering about 60, late Saturday, swooped Fuka District on motorcycles armed with AK-47 rifles and other sophisticated weapons.
Sources narrated that on arrival in the Fuka community, the bandits moved straight to the resident of a renowned business mogul, Alhaji Doma Fuka, from where they were said to have proceeded to the abode of Andrew Doma, a member of the Niger State House of Assembly.
It was gathered that the criminals after forcing out the villagers from their houses, moved from house to house to steal money and other valuable items, and as well rustled their cows.
Many of the residents mostly women and children were injured by the bandits and were immediately rushed to an undisclosed health facility.
Members of the vigilante group in the affected communities are now trailing the bandits for their possible apprehension and the recovery of the rustled cows.
Still, on the development, an eyewitness revealed that the number of those kidnapped could not be immediately ascertained as at this time.
“I am not sure of the number of those killed or abducted but I can confirm to you is that there is nobody in these communities now because the bandits have turned the villages to their hiding places and cooking centers,” he said.
A staff of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency in Sarkin Pawaa confirmed the story.
Every effort to get Police confirmation proved abortive as the State Police Spokesperson, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, could not be reached.