Over 1,200 Villagers Sacked By Bandits In Niger Community

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File photo: Ammunition and mobile phones recovered from armed bandits by Army in Zamfara on June 23, 2018.

By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna


Despite a truce entered between Niger State Government and criminal bandits operating in parts of Rafi, Shiroro and Munya council areas of the state, rampaging bandits on Wednesday raided three communities of Gyramiya, Bataram Jatau and Bataram Waziri villages of Shiroro council area.
Over 1,200 people were sacked by the invading bandits who attacked the three communities as they swooped on the rural dwellers and ordered them to leave their homes and belongings.
The armed bandits stormed the communities around 10:00 O’clock  in the morning in a commando style. They asked the victims to relocate to neighbouring Alawa community or rick being killed.
The fear stricken villagers fled in droves as the bandits carted away assorted foodstuffs, petroleum products and animals as the browbeaten villagers scampered away out of their homes for their dear lives.
The District Head of Alawa in Shiroro council area, Ibrahim Salihu confirmed the presence of the displaced villagers amongst his subjects.
He said following the invasion of the three communities by the armed bandits, security agencies were promptly notified but no respite came at the time of the attack and afterwards.
Last month, the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello ordered the release of seventeen bandits as part of the bargaining agreement entered with the leadership of the armed bandits for them to cease fire and kidnapping.
The truce entered between Niger state government and leadership of the armed bandits was at a secret meeting held at Kotonkoro area of Mariga Local Government Area of the state about a month ago.

But banditry is yet to abet in troubled parts of Rafi, Shiroro council areas according to reports from communities around the affected councils.
Though no one was hurt in the latest invasion, the displaced villagers are now crammed in places around Alawa according to sources within the community.
The bandits were obviously on mission to get food items to restock their food stock and made away with huge haul of assorted grains and other items.

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