Two Suspected Bandits Set Ablaze in Niger

A few hours after 11 persons were kidnapped at Gauraka in the Tafa local government of Niger state, two suspected kidnappers were burnt alive by a mob in Madalla area of Suleja Local Government of the state.

Madalla is a few kilometers from Gauraka.

The angry mob set the two suspected bandits on fire at about 10:00 am on Monday.

Eyewitnesses told THISDAY that the suspected bandits were about to escape when people in the area rounded them up and set them on fire using petrol and used tyres to ignite the inferno.

It could not be confirmed if there was any link between the Gauraka kidnap incident and the burnt suspected kidnappers.

In an early morning raid Monday, bandits stormed Gauraka town in the Tafa local government of Niger State kidnapping no less than 12 residents. The figure has now risen to 15, according to a credible government source in Minna.

The heavily armed bandits shot sporadically as they went from house to house kidnapping their victims and taking them to unknown destinations.

Following the development, hundreds of youths and other villagers poured out on the road blocking the ever-busy Abuja- Suleja – Kaduna road thereby preventing the free flow of traffic on both sides of the road.

However, some men of the Nigeria Army have been deployed in Gauraka to disperse the protesters from the busy road.

THISDAY was told that the soldiers “are carrying out their mandate with a lot of civilities in order not to cause a riot by the protesters.

As a result, partial movement of vehicles have been restored.

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