Four feared killed in renewed Niger bandit attacks

Four persons have been killed in three communities in Manta District of Shiroro local government area of Niger state.

The Nation gathered the bandits, unlike other days, stormed the villages in the evening at around 4 pm on Wednesday riding on motorcycles and shooting sporadically.

The affected villages include Sunko, Gavya, Marafa in Manta District in Shiroro local government area.

Apart from the four killed, some sustained injuries while others are still missing.

Efforts to get a confirmation from the Niger Police Command proved abortive.

However, the Co-convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Abubakar Yusuf Kokki confirmed the attack.

According to him the effects of the coordinated and premeditated attacks are devastating and mind-boggling lamenting that many lives and properties were lost.

“During the heinous operations, not fewer than four people were gruesomely gunned down including one woman who was fleeing to a nearby island for fear of her life but alas, she couldn’t escape as fate caught up with her and she was eventually shot with a gun from a far distance and she died on the spot.

“Apart from human losses incurred, many properties worth huge amount of money were stolen, while many herds of cattle were rustled as well as the destruction of unquantifiable valuables including inflicting various degrees of injuries on unsuspecting locals”, the Youth said.

Kokki lamented that attacks of this nature have become regular occurrences in substantial parts of Shiroro local government in Niger State stating that there have been no commensurate resistance, confrontation or even counterattack from the security agencies and other authorities concerned.

“These villages no longer have a security presence, that is why these bandits come and go at will without any show of resistance. My people continually live in fear daily and we are scared of what will come next.”

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