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  • Updated: April 20, 2024

Bandits invade Niger community, Kill farmers, abduct several others

Bandits invade Niger community, Kill farmers, abduct several

Bandits have reportedly invaded the Karaga and Rumace settlements in Bassa Ward, Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger State.

Allnews.ng gathered that at least two farmers were slain and an indeterminate number of civilians were kidnapped during the incident.

A local, Mustapha Bassa, told Daily Trust that the attack began about 9 p.m. on Friday and lasted hours, with multiple houses, motorbikes, and food banks set on fire.

He said, “The bandits in their numbers rode on motorcycles carrying 3 people and fired shots as they moved into the communities. He said motorcycles, houses and food banks were set ablaze during the attack.”

As of the time writing this report, the Niger State Police Command's Public Relations Officer, SP Wasiu Abiodun, had yet to publish a comment about the incident.

In a similar report, bandits raided Angwar Danko village in Kakangi Constituency, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, Kaduna State and forced abductees into the jungle.

According to Daily Trust, a large number of bandits stormed the town at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday and fired indiscriminately. Witnesses report that men and women who were seized by the assailants are presently being marched into the jungle.

Yahaya Musa Dan Salio, Kakangi Ward's representative in the State House of Assembly, verified the occurrence. He added that he had yet to get complete information on the number of people taken, but verified that it was in the dozens.

“I just received a call from the area informing me that dozens of my constituents have been abducted. The bandits have surrounded the village, and as we speak, they are still there, taking their victims into the forest. The situation is dire,” he said.

Dan Salio voiced alarm, pointing out that the majority of the victims were men and implying that there may be deaths.

He emphasised the critical necessity for authorities to deploy more security checkpoints in the region to limit the movement of criminals.

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