NIGERIA: Few months after President Mohammadu Buhari executive order to the nation’s armed forces to carry out primary military operations in Niger state to wipe out bandit activities in the state has not yielded any significant result as the state continued to witness different attacks on daily bases.
From Friday 18th February to Sunday night of 21st of the same month, bandits have killed eight locals and displaced 14 others across Gbekure, Makuba, and Galapai communities in Shiroro local government area (LGA) of Niger state.
Secretary of Niger state Vigilante Corps in Shiroro LGA, Ayuba Dakko, closed to the reporters that the attack took place during the early hours of Friday lasted to Sunday night where houses were burnt, food items destroyed, and cattle rustled.
In the Gbekure community, seven casualties were recorded, and seven others were abducted.
Also, in the Makuba community, it was gathered that one person was killed, while in the Galapai community, seven people were taken away to unknown destinations, Dakko confirmed.
Dakko added that presently the entire community is displaced, and the locals are now taking refuge at various Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps across the state.
Another source from the community confirmed to Transcontinental Times that the attack on three communities occurred at about 11 pm local time and 1 pm local time.
The source also said that the three communities are just a few kilometers away. “Galapai is just a few meters from Galadima-Kogo that was attacked two weeks ago. If you are in Galadima-Kogo and you shout, someone in Galapai will hear you.”
However, when filing this report, both the state Government and Niger State Police Command are yet to make any official statement about the incident.