Armed bandits kill 9, abduct 15 in Niger




By Tina George, Minna

#TrackNigeria: Armed bandits are reported to have attacked some villages in Shiroro local government area of Niger state, leaving nine people dead and 15 others abducted over the weekend. 

The villages attacked include Banda, Malfa and Tunga villages in Kurebe and Kwaki wards, Kwararamai, Jankuta and Marraraban Bataro in Shiroro local government area. 

The report also said some women were raped and injured with 11 currently hospitalized in critical condition.

The Senator representing Niger East senatorial district, Sen. David Umaru disclosed this in a press statement, saying the attacks were carried out in the spate of one week. 

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According to him, a woman, her daughter and a prince were abducted at Kwararamai; three persons killed whilst three others were abducted in Malfa.

He added that villages like Kwararamai, Jankuta and Marraraban Bataro were also attacked as 17 persons were abducted in one night.

“It is with heavy heart and a very sad mood that I issue this statement today on a most callous and brutal armed attack on my good people of Badna, Malfa, Tunga villages and surrounding communities in Kurebe and Kwaki wards of Shiroro area within Niger East Senatorial District.

“I am particularly saddened and shocked at the cruel massacre of nine people of my constituents, the kidnap of 15 innocent people mostly women and girls in an attack in which several others were raped, injured and hospitalized with 11 in critical condition. 

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“It is painful to note that this incident which occurred not more than 36 hours ago is just one amongst several other brazen attacks that have been carried out in the area in recent times,” Umaru stated.

The Senator then called for urgent security intervention and sufficient security personnel to be drafted to these villages as the areas are no longer safe for the people to live in. 

He called on security agencies to give priority agencies to securing lives and properties of the villagers in order to build on the peace that have prevailed in the area before the gangsters resurfaced recently.

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“I therefore humbly call on the Niger state Commissioner of Police and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1st Div. Kaduna to deploy sufficient personnel to the hot spots particularly in surrounding villages in Kurebe/Kushaka, and Kwaki/Chukuba, wards of Shiroro local government area of Niger state.

“Attention should, nonetheless, also be given to areas under serious threats in Munya and Rafi LGAs,” he further stated.




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