By | Charles Nwoke, Minaa, Nigeria
October 15, 2020
Update was created 14/10/2020
About six vigilantes have allegedly been murdered in a renewed bandit attack in the Kagara community of Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.
The bandits were said to have launched the attack around 7 a.m yesterday, blocking the Pandogari road.
An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity confided in newsmen that some drivers and passengers were killed and injured during the attack.
He said various calls to the police for security went unanswered, leaving the vigilantes to face the bandits, leading to the death of their colleagues.
It was also gathered that the vigilantes took the corpses of their colleagues to the Police Divisional Office in Kagara during a protest.
Not satisfied with the response of the police to their plight, the vigilantes mobbed the police station, destroying the armory, and went away with weapons of the corps.
The source said: “The vigilantes took the corpses of their slain colleagues to Kagara police divisional office, and protested and mobbed the police station, burgled the armory and went away with their ammunition.
“They were angry that the police did not do anything about the attack or respond to call for help as they left only the vigilantes to battle the bandits which led to the death of some of their colleagues.”
The Chairman of Rafi local government area, Samaila Dan-Modibo has imposed a 24- hour curfew due to the incident.
In a statement, the Niger State Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Abiodun Wasiu, said that four vigilantes died during the clash with the bandits.
Contrary to the vigilantes’ report, he said that the police arrived at the scene of the bandit attack promptly.
ASP Wasiu explained that the command dispatched a reinforcement team led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations. He added that normalcy was restored upon their arrival.