Bandits kidnap 35 in Niger communities

Unknown bandits have kidnapped 35 people and injured others during an attack on Chiri, Gini and Fuka communities in Shiroro and Munya local government areas of Niger State. 

This attack came barely 48 hours after the State’s Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso visited the IDPs camp in Gwada in Shiroro local government area and lamented that security issues in the State were overwhelming.

According to a reports, the bandits invaded the communities on motorcycles on Saturday evening, shooting sporadically and causing villagers to flee into the forest for safety. 

The Chairman of the ‘Niger Concerned Citizens’, Muhammad Awaisu Wana,  who disclosed this while speaking during a radio programme in Minna, the State capital, lamented that 10 out of 15 wards in Shiroro local government council were under control of bandits.

He pointed out that Gwada, Kuta and Sarkin-Pawa, in Shiroro and Munya LGAs have become headquarters for persons displaced by bandits. 

He further explained that eight of the wards under bandits control are in riverine areas, adding there are about 80,000 IDPs in the State. 

The youth leader appealed to the Federal Government to come to their aid to enable them return home and start preparing for this year’s farming season.

He warned of the possibility of food shortage in the State and country if the banditry continues unabated.

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