Bandits Kill 6, Abduct 15 in Niger LGAs


Laleye Dipo in Minna

Again bandits have killed six persons and kidnapped 15 others in renewed attack on communities in two local government areas of Niger State.

One of those killed was at Pandogari town in the Rafi Local Government Area where five people were abducted while the remaining five were murdered in Gurmana in the Shiroro Local Government Area of the state. 10 persons were kidnapped in this incident.

Both incidents took place on Thursday night according to an eyewitness who spoke to THISDAY.
Apart from those killed or kidnapped, a large number of villagers were injured in the stampede that followed the activities of the unknown gunmen and are presently receiving treatment at medical centres in the two local government areas.

“This thing has become a daily occurrence,” a disappointed top government official told THISDAY on condition of anonymity.
“The attacks are creating daily IDPs and social problems for the state,” the official said.

It will be recalled that five persons were killed and eight others kidnapped in separate bandits attacks on Anwar Mahogi and Rsfingora communities of Rafi Local Government Area of the state also on Thursday.
Several cattle were said to have been rustled in the raid.

One of those killed in Angwar Mahogi was Dauda Daniel, a graduate of the Federal College of Education Kontagora who was said to be planning for his wedding slated for March 6 this year.

While this attack lasted it was said by eyewitnesses that a helicopter hovered in the skies apparently giving cover to the bandits.
Calls made to the Police Public Relations Officer ASP Wasiu Abiodun for Confirmation of these incidents were not replied or responded to.