By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
The Police in Niger State has described as untrue the high death toll of 47 villagers killed by gunmen in Kwaki and Chukuba communities of Shiroro Council Area of the state.
A statement from the Police said the figures being quoted in the media was over bloated and unrealistic as there were no such high casualties.
The statement said the recent banditry attacks on some villages in Shiroro council area recorded “only 17 deaths” and not the figures being churned out by the media.
The refutal was contained in the statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Police Command, Deputy Supretindent of Police, (DSP) Mohammed Dan Inna Abubakar who insisted that there were no further death beside the 12 confirmed by the police in the state.
The statement therefore deconstructed the story in the media even as it cautioned politicians and media practitioners against spreading unconfirmed information.
At the begining of the week, there were reports that some 47 persons were killed by armed bandits who invaded the two communities of Kwaki and Chukuba of Shiroro council area of Niger state.
The attacks and casualties were confirmed by the senator reprenting the zone B district of Niger state at the National Assembly, David Umaru in an interview with a national daily but days after the report, the police issued a refutal of the casualty figures on the attacks insisting that only 17 persons were killed in the attacks by the gunmen.
Our correspondent reports however that attacks by bandits are common occurrence in many communities in parts of the state particularly those on border lines with Kaduna, Zamfara and other states in north central and north west of the country as banditry and insurgencies heightens security challenges in the north.